Presque Isle Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of a propane fire at 24 Quoggy Jo Lake Road Tuesday morning.

Josh Archer - TSM

The call came in around 8:30 a.m. The driver for Daigle Oil Company was filling a propane tank when it exploded in his face, according to Jesse Clark of the Department of Environmental Protection.  Early reports indicated that the fire was extinguished before emergency crews arrived.

Josh Archer - TSM

Police blocked off the dead-end road that runs alongside Echo Lake, while officials ensured the safety of people in nearby cottages.

Josh Archer - TSM
Josh Archer - TSM

When emergency services arrived on scene they found the driver laying in the road, struggling to breathe, according to Presque Isle Fire Department. Crown Ambulance transported the driver to the Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. The driver did manage to put the fire out but the tank was still leaking and the delivery hose was still attached. Daigle Oil representatives were also on the scene Tuesday morning.

 

The incident is still under investigation.