Leaking propane tank to be removed Sunday

On Thursday, June 13, 2019, the Tukwila Fire Department was dispatched to investigate an odor of natural gas in the 1200 block of Andover Park East.

Working with Puget Sound Energy, firefighters determined that the odor was coming from an underground propane tank located near the intersection of Costco Drive and Andover Park East. The tank is a large,12,000-gallon tank that possibly has two smaller tanks connected to it for a total of 16,000 gallons of propane. The cause of the leak is faulty piping.

On Sunday, June 16, 2019, a contractor will be brought in to remove the liquid propane. The work will begin at 5:00 am and continue until approximately 10:00 am. The area and businesses surrounding the work will be closed to the public during this time period as a necessary emergency safety precaution.

The City has determined the boundaries of the exclusion zone to be as follows: south of Minkler Blvd; east of Andover Park West; north of the Green River, approximately S. 180 Street; west of the West Valley Hwy, and surrounding trails. A map of the boundaries will be displayed on the City’s website.

The Tukwila Fire Department is asking local news agencies to use their resources to inform the public of the exclusion zone and closure times. Information regarding the incident and updates will be posted as they become available at the City of Tukwila website (www.tukwilawa.gov) and on the City’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cityoftukwila/.

From 04:00 am to 04:15 am Sunday morning, Fire Chief Jay Wittwer will address the media and answer questions at the intersection of Costco Drive and Andover Park East.

Today, Tukwila Police and Fire departments have been notifying all businesses in the exclusion zone to inform them that no one will be allowed into the exclusion zone until the onsite Incident Commander determines that it is safe to do so.

The public’s assistance and cooperation are appreciated and necessary for the health and safety of all.

For more information, please visit www.tukwilawa.gov or call the Tukwila Emergency Operation Center at (206) 971-8748.

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