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Injuries reported in Helena propane explosion

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UPDATE: 3/13/18, 1:10 P.M. - 

A man sustained "significant" burns in a propane explosion northeast of Helena on Tuesday morning.

Lewis & Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis says the man was working on a propane truck inside a garage on the 3600 block of York Road when something ignited the propane, triggering the explosion.

Grimmis says the worker was a contractor from Boise brought in to work on a truck for Montana Propane. The contractor sustained significant burns, and was taken to St. Peter’s Health for treatment.

According to Grimmis, the truck had a 3,000-gallon tank that was about 80 percent full.

The shop where the truck was parked was destroyed.

The name of the injured man has not been released.

We will update you when we get more information.

HELENA - Firefighters have been sent to a reported fire in the area of Lake Helena Drive and York Road.

Crews were dispatched just before 10:30 a.m. Pictures from the scene show flames shooting high into the air.

According to the Lewis and Clark County/City of Helena 911 Facebook page, the fire is the result of a propane explosion on the 3600 block of York Road. Officials say the incident involves in excess of 2,000 gallons of propane.

Residents in the area reported hearing and feeling an explosion that shook their home. One person in the subdivision said the explosion shook their home, while another said she saw a truck thrown into the air.

Officials say injuries have been reported. People are asked to avoid the area.

This is a developing story.

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