Forklift catches fire dangerously near propane tank

OAKLEY, OH (FOX19) - A one-alarm outdoor fire at the Rock-Tenn Paper Company left one man with second degree burns Saturday morning.  The fire started just before 7:00 a.m. when a forklift went up in flames.  Preliminary investigations report that the forklift caught fire when the operator was filling its propane tank from the larger propane container.

On arrival, crews found a forklift engulfed in flames, in close proximity with a 1000 gallon propane storage tank.  Firefighters deployed hose lines to quickly extinguish the forklift and cool the propane tank. The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes of the firefighter's arrival.

There was an estimated $10,000 in damage to the forklift and the propane tank. No fire crew was injured, and the forklift operator was taken to University Hospital for care.

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