Part of Torrington evacuated after propane leak; crews did controlled burn after 500-gallon underground tank was damaged

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TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials in Torrington cleared a propane leak Wednesday evening.

Just after 3 p.m., the fire department was called to 207 Silver Brook Ln. for a propane leak. Upon arrival, crews learned a 500-gallon tank underground was leaking from a fitting that was damaged by a trailer.

The leak was not able to be plugged or repaired, so crews burned the propane in the tank for the next five to six hours. Officials said it caused a large, controlled flame.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called in to assist.

The surrounding areas were evacuated.

Just after 9 p.m., officials reported, the “propane from the leaking tank has been burned off.  Electricity is being restored and it is now safe to return to the area.”

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