Caught on camera: Propane explosion injures Maine firefighter

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Body-cam worn by Limestone, Maine Police Chief Stacey Mahan caught the moment a propane tank exploded during a June 8 fire injuring one firefighter.

David Charns, WMTW-TV:

A police chief’s body camera recorded a 250-pound propane tank exploding as firefighters attempted to put out a fire in northern Maine.

Firefighter Scott Patten was injured in the explosion, Police Chief Stacey Mahan said.

Patten was being treated for first- and second-degree burns to his face and has been released from the hospital, Mahan said.

The fire on June 8 began around 12:30 p.m. on Main Street in a wooded area.

Nick McCrea, Bangor Daily News:

Firefighter Scott Patten was trying to keep the blaze under control when one of the tanks exploded, sending flames shooting toward him. The blast sent Mahan and another firefighter standing next to a nearby firetruck to the ground. Patten was able to walk away from the blast on his own.

Patten was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou. He was released the next day, after being treated for first- and second-degree burns to his face, according to the fire department.