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Propane Tanks Catch Fire At Millersville Church

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MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. – A criminal investigation was under way after two propane tanks caught fire at a church in Millersville early Tuesday morning.

Neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion around 2 a.m. and saw flames shooting up 40 feet in the air after a propane tank caught fire at Bethel Baptist Church on Bethel Road between South Mt. Pleasant Road and Howell Road. 

Firefighters from eight departments responded to the scene, and sprayed more than 50,000 gallons of water on the tank that caught fire to keep it from exploding. The fire also heated up a second tank nearby, and it ignited at one point before firefighters were able to turn off its valve.

It took firefighters about two hours to get the blaze under control by pouring a steady stream of water on the flames. No one was hurt.

The director of the church preschool told NewsChannel 5 that the tanks were filled about two to three weeks ago, but they are not used in the summer. She believes there was an issue with the tanks, and possibly a hole in one of them.

The church building was not damaged, but the church decided to close their preschool for the day as a precaution. Vacation Bible School at Bethel Baptist was scheduled to go on as planned.

Investigators and police detectives will try to determine how the fire started. They will treat it as a crime scene as they determine whether the fire was accidental or mechanical.

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