Propane tank explosions destroy Owego home

By Matt Porter

January 18, 2014 Updated Jan 19, 2014 at 6:50 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A fire that started in a pick up truck caused two propane tanks to explode in the bed of the vehicle, spreading quickly to an Owego home.

Fire crews responded around 5 p.m. to 4517 Montrose Turnpike for the fire that began as a car fire, but quickly spread to the rest of the home and another vehicle.

A man in his eighties was in the home with his dog, both made it out.

There were no serious injuries.

According to Southside Fire Chief Charles Klett, the owner had just come home from filling the two tanks when he noticed a fire in his truck.

"The car had caught on fire which then ignited the propane tanks that he had just brought home," Klett said. "And from there it spread to the house and an adjoining vehicle."

The fire took about 20 minutes to get under control according to Klett.

The home is assumed to be a total loss.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is believed to be accidental.

The owner and his dog were taken to the home of a family member.

At least four fire crews responded including Southside, Owego, Campville, and Apalachin.

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