Gas leak forces evacuations in Lipsey Addition

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Eight homes along Garland and Murvil streets in the Lipsey Addition in Decatur were evacuated for more than two hours Wednesday evening as a precaution due to a propane tank leak.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes around 8:30 p.m. after Decatur firefighters gave the all clear.
The relief valve on a propane tank in the 3100 block of South Murvil released shortly after 5:30 p.m. A neighbor reported what sounded like an explosion.
“It was venting so hard that it was blowing the leaves off the trees,” said Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Deroy Bennett said.
Bennett said the heat, the temperature reached 105 in Decatur Wednesday, likely caused the valve to release. The aged valve on the tank would not reset.
“We did several things to cool it off,” Bennett said. “We had the tank hauled off.”
The propane company that serviced the tank estimated that it could have needed a couple of days to vent. Given that timeline, the choice was made to remove it.
The tank vented about 60 gallons.
“There was just enough breeze that it never collected,” Bennett said.
Bennett said they used sensors to check the entire area before giving the OK to allow residents back in.

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