Propane tanker fire likely to burn overnight, evacuations continue

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IRASBURG — As a propane tanker continues to burn following its plunge off Vermont Route 14 into the Black River, evacuations and road closures in the area are expected to remain in effect overnight. Emergency crews are actively monitoring the situation and are working to mitigate the risk of an explosion.

A one-mile evacuation zone surrounding the crash site is being maintained for public safety. In response, the American Red Cross is establishing an evacuation shelter at the Irasburg Town Hall, set to open at 5:30 p.m.

Additionally, the Vermont Agency of Human Services is collaborating with the Red Cross to support the affected residents.

Parents of students attending Coventry Village School and New Hope Bible School, both located within the evacuation zone, are advised to contact school administrators on Tuesday morning for updates on the status of classes.

Travel disruptions continue with the closure of Vermont Route 14 from south of U.S. Route 5 in Coventry to Vermont Route 58 in Irasburg.

The safety of the residents and response teams remains a primary concern as efforts to control the fire and its potential hazards continue.

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