Firefighters Fight Tanker Blaze

Firefighters Fight Tanker Blaze
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. - It's no surprise firefighters face a tough and hot job, especially during the summer.
Combine a highly flammable material already on fire with the extreme heat, and you know you're in for a long day.  That's what happened Wednesday when a tanker caught on fire in Cape Girardeau County.
"We had to cool the tanker off several times first before we could get too close,"  said John Sachen, a Trainer with the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute.
Luckily the tanker didn't rupture and kept a potentially dangerous situation from becoming worse.
Apparently, a hose on the trunk burst, propane began leaking, and that's what investigators think might have started the fire.
Crews from Delta, Whitewater, Chaffee, and Gordonville all responded to the propane tanker fire on Highway 220 in Cape Girardeau County.