At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad had a report of a propane leak on a very large tank at the Victor Stanley Inc. facility on Brickhouse Road. Units from North Beach and Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Departments also were dispatched.
As Engine 51 from Dunkirk arrived and could see the leaking from the tank, operations started to control the leak with water flow. Dunkirk Engine 51 set up lines to put water on the tank leaking and Huntingtown Engine 61 picked up their supply line. Engine 61 set up two portable collapsible tanks for water supply to draft from while other tankers continued to fill these portable tanks.
Units were on the scene for several hours until someone from a Propane Company could confirm everything had been turned off and the area deemed safe. There were at least eight tankers on this call supplying water so the danger could be controlled until clear.
There were five tankers from Calvert County (Dunkirk – Co. 5, Huntingtown – Co. 6, Prince Frederick – Co. 2 and St. Leonard – Co. 7) tankers from Anne Arundel County (Co 42 and 9), tanker from Charles County (Company 5) and tanker from PG County (Company 23).
The tankers were using the hydrant at the local Giant Food store to refill and keep the supply of water coming to the scene.