Pedro's Happy To Be Back In Business After Monday's Explosions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/28/06

Pedro's Happy To Be Back In Business After Monday's Explosions

The aftermath of Monday's explosive propane fire leaves many businesses left to clean up a mess. Iit is still not known what caused the fire at Wylie LP Gas near 82nd and the Interstate, but investigators have been at the scene all day trying to assess the damage. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel spoke with one businesses who saw the explosions first hand.

"They wouldn't allow me on my property. I had to stand on the overpass and watch from there." Mark Hale has been in the tamale business 27 years, and during Monday's fire, he saw his dreams go up in smoke. "I saw flames in the backside and that was all I could see. It looked like a mini 9-11."

The fire started around 4:30 p.m. Mark's employees learned of the explosions first hand, when a propane tank went through the roof and landed just feet away from two people. They used an extinguisher to put out the flames. "It looked like a five pound propane bottle went through our roof, had busted up sheet rock and ceiling tiles."

Moments later, another explosion. This time a second tank went through a metal shed. Again, no one was injured, and everyone was able to evacuate safely. "You think about the years. I feel fortunate."

So despite a few holes in the ceiling, Hale says he is moving forward with production. "We're in production we're moving along. The best thing is just keep going and take one thing at a time."

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