A Despino’s service truck caught on fire Tuesday morning, June 28, on University Parkway near Interstate 49. The driver told responders that the two side-by-side tanks store approximately 32 gallons of propane to fuel the vehicle. A large jet of flames shot out the back of the truck as a pressure release valve released pressure as the tanks were under extreme heat.
Responders evacuated the nearby restaurants and blocked off traffic in case one of the tanks exploded before they could get the fire under control.
Propane is an alternative fuel for vehicles that is cheaper than gas and diesel. There is a natural gas filling station on the Hwy. 6 Bypass. No comment was available from Despino’s at the time, as they’re currently working through the situation. A restaurant employee submitted the video.