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June 11, 2014

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bA Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Lnes~er erogresswe, vves~woocl emeeress Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer A routine propane tank exchange went awry Monday, June 2, resultingin one Ferrellgas employee being airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center. The employee, who has not been identified, was replacing a propane tank within Lake Almanor Country Club when the replacement tank exploded in his face, said'homeowner and eyewitness Mike Moe. As the assigned incident commander, Peninsula Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bob Phillips said the steel-reinforced hose used to transfer propane from one tank to the other appeared to have failed. Investigations are still underway, so Phillips was unable to pinpoint the exact cause. Because the explosion caused a workplace injury, representatives from Cal/OSHA were on scene to take a report. According to Phillips, the explosion subsequently resulted in venting of the original tank, which he said sounds like a freight train. "The noise is deafening," he said. Phillips said there were two explosions. He said that heat from the first blast caused a second, smaller, tank on the property to explode. He said that one or two of the service truck's tires also ruptured, which could have been why people reported hearing several explosions. Both Mike Moe and his wife Diane made it safely out of the house, and Phillips confirmed there were no fatalities. The Ferrellgas employee who was exchanging the tanks, however, sustained second- and third-degree burns and is likely to remain in the hospital for a while, said Phillips. "He was very fortunate to have survived." To reduce the possibility of further injuries, the area was closed off to the public, and residents who tried to enter through the Clifford Drive gates were redirected into the country club through the Peninsula Drive gates. By 10 p.m., however, limited traffic was allowed to enter. The Moes' house sustained extensive smoke, water and heat damage. Phillips said carbon monoxide levels were too high to let the family back in Monday night; however, the area has since been secured and they have been given permission to return. Phillips said the house to the left of the Moes also sustained damage. He said in addition to the slight damage See Propane, page 7A Multiple agencies respond to reports of a wildfire within the Lake Almanor Country Club on June 2, but propane tank explosion caused a severe residential fire at Mike and Diane Moes house. Photos by Samantha upon arrival find that a P. Hawthorne Driveway Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack Filling Small Patch Work Free Estimate I Serving Plumas County since 3454 Hwy 70 Oroville, CA 95965 , Lewis P. Beck Jr, Lic. #669409 1993 Planting Class Saturday, June 14 9am Bring your own container, or buy one here. Fee includes premium potting soil, SUPERthrive dip and Fertilizer. Call to reserve you r space. Saturday, lune 14th, 3pro Brin9 your lawn chair Co-hosted with Margaret From Lassen Ale Works Mixotogy is the art ofhandcrated cocktails using premium ingredients: fresh herbs, berries or vegetables. premium 5usanvtlk 310-0453 Chester I you self-help doo ent, s! Bill Muttera, CLU, ChFC, Agent And those savings could Insurance Lic #: 0728779 add up to $600* 2910 Riverside Dr. Susanville, CA96130 SOput your Auto and Renters Bus: 530-257-4041 together with State Farm" and let the saving begin. Serving Susanville, GET TO A BETTER STATE. Lake Almanor & Chester CALL ME TODAY. Opening June 13 are to Be azzled The Store that Sparkles/ Come Accessorize with us/ Refreshments Door Prizes Purses Jewelry Hats Sunglasses Scarves Sandals Monday- Saturday 10:00am to 5:30pro Owner, Donna O'Connell (530) 228-6773 298 Main Street, Chester Paid Political Advertisement g want to thank everltone for their confidence in me and for voting for me. g am humbled by the overwhelming support. special thanks to __7(,aren ., ouch for her support and l]uidance, mlt campaign manager g]ohn, treasurer alta and even lone else who helped me and donated to mlt campail, ln. hanks again c-Diana fVdemple