A vehicle ran into a 1,000 gallon propane tank at Birch Hill Cemetery this afternoon and started a fire that damaged power lines, according to a City of Fairbanks news release.
Golden Valley Electric Association workers responded to the scene soon after being notified of the situation and power was shut down in the area. The fire destroyed the vehicle and propane tank but the cemetery's crematorium was not damaged.
The driver, who has not been identified at this time, fled the scene and was contacted by Fairbanks police a short time later. He was arrested after fighting multiple officers and was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for medical evaluation. Criminal charges are pending, according to the release.
Fairbanks Fire Department crews responded to the cemetery after getting multiple calls about the fire at approximately 1:45 p.m. The fire was put out within an hour and crews remained on scene to secure the propane tank and monitor the situation. The scene was cleared at 3:52 p.m.
University Fire Department, Steese Fire Department and North Star Volunteer Fire Department and Crowley Propane assisted in the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.