South Portland firefighters found and repaired a gas leak in a railway car at Rigby Yard early Saturday morning.

The department was called to the scene after a Pan Am Railways employee reported a “strong smell of propane” at 20 Rigby Road at 12:14 a.m., said Capt. Robb Couture, spokesman for the South Portland Fire Department.

Firefighters traced the leak to railway car carrying propane and issued a hazardous designation for the area near the railway car, which was located on AmeriGas Propane property used for offloading rail cars onto trucks.

An AmeriGas employee worked with the South Portland Fire Department’s hazardous materials response team to get into the top of the sealed car to tighten a leaking valve.

The leak was fixed by 2 a.m. Authorities monitored the air around the scene for problems. No injuries were reported.


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