Wayne Teeters, firefighter and paramedic for Greenback Volunteer Fire Department, said about 30 firefighters responded with 10 trucks to Greenback School on Cherokee Street at 5:05 p.m. on the report of a propane tank leaking at the school.
The tank was located at the back of the school off the agriculture campus. Teeter said a valve on the propane tank “released due to the extremely hot weather.” He said it was a “safety feature” on the propane tank to keep it from exploding.
About 150 feet away off Morganton Road, a
neighbor was burning brush. The wind was burning the oppose
direction and leaking propane did not catch fire.
Loudon County dispatchers sent out a reverse 9-1-1 to anyone within a half-mile radius of the school, evacuating them from the area. After firefighters put water on the propane tank and cooled it, nearby residents were informed that they could go back to their homes shortly after 6 p.m. Teeter said the propane tank company was then notified to respond.