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Propane-fed fire engulfs truck

(Contributed photo by Megan Orpen)

Dale Walsh was driving his 1994 Ford truck last Friday when he heard something hissing from the truck's bed that contained five 20 to 40-pound propane tanks. He pulled into the McDonald's North parking lot to check on it when something triggered a fiery explosion that singed the hair off of Walsh's arm, according to the Alexandria Fire Department, which responded to the scene at about 8:30 p.m.

Large fireballs continued to erupt from the back of the truck. The truck, with an estimated value of $6,000 to $7,500, was a total loss, according to Fire Chief Jeff Karrow.

No serious injuries were reported.

The State Patrol and Alexandria Police Department also responded.

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