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Propane tank fire forces evacuation of Duplin County residents

CALYPSO, N.C. (WNCT) - Residents in northern Duplin County near U.S. 117 Highway Alt. in Calypso were evacuated Wednesday due to a propane tank fire.

Just after noon, the Calypso Fire Department arrived to find fire coming from a propane tank next to several other tanks of propane.

The fire is under control and crews are allowing the tank to burn off the remaining fuel.

Hazmat crews have been called in to manage the leak.

Duplin County Emergency Services issued the evacuation in the event an explosion occurred.

All evacuees were directed to the Calypso Fire Department where the American Red Cross and Duplin County Department of Social Services were prepared to receive those evacuated.

Fire departments across Duplin and Wayne County arrived to work the scene. 

Fire officials ask everyone to avoid the area until it has been deemed safe.

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