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Fatal Va. explosion stemmed from underground propane tank leak

Investigators are still unclear how the propane ignited; the blast killed Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown



By FireRescue1 Staff

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. — An initial investigation into the Feb. 16 explosion that killed Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown and injured 14 others has determined that the cause of the blast was due, at least in part, to a leak from a 500-gallon underground propane tank, officials say.

The leak made its way into and around the home, investigators with the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s Fire Marshal’s Office told DC News Now, though it was still unclear as to how the fuel ignited.

The “extremely complex investigation” is ongoing, according to a social post by Loudoun County Fire Rescue.

Six other properties were damaged in the explosion, causing an estimated $2.5 million in damages, the post said.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin and President Joe Biden spoke to the family of fallen Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown to offer their sympathies
Loudoun County Fire Rescue identified the fallen firefighter as Trevor Brown of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company
The explosion killed Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown and injured 10 others
Firefighters in Loudoun County were investigating a gas leak when the house they were inside exploded