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August 27, 2014
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Propane gas leak at Knutsford Court Hotel
Chad Bryan, Star Writer


Firemen and other personnel try to contain a leak from the truck which reportedly turned up to deliver gas at the kitchen area of the Knutsford Court Hotel on Chelsea Avenue yesterday. - Jermaine Barnaby

A propane gas leak from a truck outside the delivery area of the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew, yesterday, prompted firefighters from the York Park Fire Station to respond immediately in order to contain the leak.

The STAR understands that sometime yesterday afternoon, a Gas Pro truck was delivering propane cooking gas to the hotel when, while negotiating a turn, it went over a hump resulting in the rupturing of a hose.

This caused propane to leak into the area. Propane is the gas used for cooking among other purposes.

prevent ignition

"Limited amount of propane gas was in the pressure hose. It is leaking from the truck currently, so we're trying our very best to plug the area to prevent the gas from leaking out. We're also using water to cool the area to prevent ignition and we're plugging the hose," a representative from the York Park Fire Station said yesterday.

Traffic and the movement of pedestrians along the busy thoroughfare were curtailed as the area was cordoned off.

Later, a senior representative from the hotel said the matter had been rectified and that no one had been injured in the incident.

She said the driver of the truck was new and had ventured where he should not have been. She also added that the driver had not started his delivery when the incident occurred.

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