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LINCOLN, Calif. -- A one-mile radius was evacuated in Lincoln for a rail car fire at Ninth and I streets, Cal Fire officials said Tuesday afternoon.
rom the vantage point at 6th and J streets, KCRA 3's Tom DuHain reports that fire crews are continously spraying water on the tanker to keep the gases inside for exploding. Meanwhile a relief valve on the top of the tanker is venting gas and fumes. "It looks like a small rocket engine burning,"said DuHain. A potential explosion of the tanker car loaded with LPG is an extremly dangerous situation. It would send a shock wave and fireball rolling at ground level for blocks. In addition it would send large pieces of metal hurling through the air up to a half mile away, just like a bomb. The blaze could burn through the evening or even until Wednesday morning, crews said, adding that the plan as of around 1:30 p.m. was to let the fire continue until the fuel is burned out.
The City of Lincoln is expected to issue a press release shortly. They have already announced that they have cancelled tonight's city council meeting.
A firefighter on the scene said a tanker car holds 30,000 gallons of propane and burns 200 to 300 gallons per minute.
The tanker that is on fire is linked to three others, but only one is on fire.