Leaking propane inside a storage container led to an explosion Tuesday morning in Millersville, sending one man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and hurting another, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
The blaze injured a man in his 30s at about 9 a.m. when he started a piece of construction equipment that was stored inside the container in a parking lot off Jabez Run, according to the fire department. Investigators determined that a propane tank inside had been leaking prior to him opening the container doors and starting the equipment.
“It wasn’t even 40 seconds, that he was in there,” fire department Lt. Jenny Macallair said.
The man, who fire officials have not named, was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with life-threatening burn injuries, according to a news release from the fire department. Another man suffered minor injuries as he attempted to help. He was treated at the scene.
The fire was preliminarily ruled accidental.