Thursday, August 25, 2011
A propane rail tanker fire has residents in Lincoln, California evacuating their homes while Firefighters let the tanker burn itself out.
The Salvation Army has been aiding local evacuees by providing Emergency Disaster Services canteens at the Lincoln Community Center and two other sites. The Salvation Army has served more than 600 meals while the mandatory evacuation is in place. It’s still unclear how the tanker caught fire.
Almost 5,000 homes in the city of 40,000 people were evacuated due to the burning propane and potentially catastrophic explosion that could ensue. Although the heat is intense and thus slowing their efforts, firefighters are still working on the burning process and expect that the blaze should be under control within 24 hours. The mandatory evacuation will remain in place at least through the end of today.
The Salvation Army will be set up to help those in need until the area is deemed safe.
If you’d like to make a donation for this relief, please visit GoSalArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. All donations should be designated “Lincoln Fire.”
For more information on The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Efforts, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.