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Posted on: November 13, 2023

Propane tank leak at Camaco leads to CFD response and evacuation


A propane tank leak early Monday at Camaco resulted in an evacuation and response from the Columbus Fire Department.

At about 2:18 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, CFD was dispatched to Camaco, 1851 E. 32nd Ave., and discovered an 800-gallon propane tank was leaking liquid propane.

According to Columbus Assistant Fire Chief Nate Jones, the facility was evacuated and Sapp Bros. was consulted about repairing the tank or offloading the product from it. After analysis, it was discovered the area of damage made it impossible to offload the tank or fix the leak while still under pressure. The plant was powered down and crews remained on scene to monitor air quality while the tank was left to empty, the assistant chief noted.

“Thankfully, the leak was small and the winds were in our favor to not cause a bigger problem pushing the product in an undesirable direction," Jones said. "Both Sapp Bros. and Camaco were excellent to work with in this incident."

Crews remained on scene for nearly 10 hours until the tank was empty and the risk was mitigated. 

Camaco-Amvian is "the largest independent supplier of engineered seating solutions for the global automotive industry," according to the company’s website.

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