Today in fire history: propane fire in hotel kills one, injures twenty

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jun 10, 2011

PropaneFire On June 10, 1990, a fire started when propane gas that was released accidentally from a 20-pound cylinder in a function room ignited. The cylinder was fueling a portable cooking grill, in violation of local city ordinances and NFPA 58, Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases (now called NFPA 58: Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code).

A private party with around 90 guests was being held in the third-floor function room of a Howard Johnson in Cambridge, MA. There was a live band, and food was being prepared on a propane gas grill.  A sudden release of propane occurred when a hotel employee was dismantling the grill.

NFPA members can download a free copy of our investigation report and article on this incident. All visitors can download our free hotel and motel fires fact sheet.

- Ben Evarts