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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
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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