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"In a tank it is a liquid where the fire is, so if heating up the liquid, it makes it expand," says Nashville Fire Dept. District Chief Buddy Byers. "It would be a large explosion if the tank goes off, so we've evacuated."
All employees working in the surrounding businesses were also forced out of their offices and firefighters were ordered to fight the fire from a distance. Fire officials were fearing the worst: an explosion that, in a matter of seconds, could scorch everything around it.
"It would look like a small nuclear device when it goes up," says Assistant Fire Chief Richard White. "It would have spread out around the ground and mushroom up over the top."
Thankfully, that didn't happen. After 2.5 hours, firefighters were able to put out the flames and turn off the propane gas. The fire started underneath the propane tank. Officials are still working to find a cause.
Thursday, January 17 2013, 07:50 PM CST
Updated conservatorship statute effective July 1
May 21, 2013 12:49 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law revisions to the state conservatorship statute.
The law allows the court to appoint a conservator to manage the assets of a person a judge finds unable to handle his or her own affairs.
State Rep. Andrew Farmer, a Sevierville Republican, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1183hjy ) the intent of the bill he sponsored in the House is to make sure people aren't being taken advantage of.
The bill sprang from a series of hearings statewide by the Tennessee Bar Association. They revealed there were no uniform procedures for placing a person's assets under a conservator on an emergency basis.
The changes take effect July 1.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
Asia stocks fall
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets fell today as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve to telegraph what it plans to do next with its economic stimulus program.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.