BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Fire Department was dispatched Saturday at approximately 11:50 a.m. to Taylor Rental in Berkeley Heights to respond to a camper with a propane gas leak.
The owners of the camper, who live locally, went to Taylor Rental to fill the RV propane tank. "There was a malfuncion with their tank so it was releasing -- they couldn't shut it off," said BHFD Deputy Cheif Jim Hopkins.
Hopkins said, both Taylor Rental and the owners of the camper called the Fire Department right away.
The BHFD called in Union County Hazardous Material Unit for assistance and New Providence Fire Department for extra manpower.
The firefighters capped off the tank and drove the camper to the Passaic Park parking lot at 284 Springfield Avenue. They ventilated the camper and allowed the gas to release from the tank using a steady water flow to disipate the gas. This process continued for a few hours until the gas was completely released.
The Union County Hazardous Material Unit monitored the process.
The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad was on hand to stage for firefighter rehab and provides water to the first responders on this hot August day.
The camper owners said they had plans to take a trip in a few days -- which will give them time to fix the malfunction with their tank.