UPDATE: Running Propane Heater Explodes In Vehicle While Traveling Down Great Mills Road

February 24, 2015

UPDATE 2/24/15: The Office of the State Fire Marshal issued the following release.
Deputy State Fire Marshal’s are investigating the cause of an accidental flash fire inside a vehicle during the transport of a 20 lb propane tank. Margaret Reese (47) and Stacy Goode (37) were returning home at approximately 5:30 p.m. on February 23, 2015, when the incident occurred inside the 2004 Jeep Liberty.

The flash fire caused both women 1St and 2nd degree burns to their upper torsos, arms and faces.

Stacy Goode got out of the vehicle and performed stop, drop and roll techniques to extinguish the flames on her person and waited for an ambulance in the area of 21726 Great Mills Road while Margaret Reese continued to her home approximately a 1/2 mile away at 21436 Ritz Drive in Lexington Park to tend to the children that were alone at her dwelling.

Both victims were treated by EMS staff from the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department and Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad before being flown by MSP Aviation to MedStar Burn Center where they were treated and released for non-life threatening burn injuries.

The specific cause for the flash fire remains under investigation at this time. The vehicle received an estimated $1,500 in damage to the interior.

jeep22/23/2015: On Monday, February 23, 2015, at approximately 5:35 p.m., firefighters from Bay District volunteer fire department and members from the Lexington Park volunteer rescue squad responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Great Mills Road in the area of St. Mary’s Lighting.

While firefighters were attempting to locate the vehicle fire they located an adult female suffering from severe burns to her face, hands and arms in the parking lot of the Exxon gas station.

Investigation revealed the injured woman was a passenger that had jumped out of a moving vehicle while on Great Mills Road in the area of F.D.R Boulevard after a propane heater they were using to warm the interior of the vehicle exploded.

The adult female driver continued driving after the explosion while parts of the interior of the vehicle were still on fire and continued down Great Mills Road to Ritz Drive where she stopped at a residence and called for an ambulance for her burn injuries.

Both women were transported by ambulances to Millison Plaza where they were met by medics from Maryland State Police Trooper 7 and then flown to an area burn center with serious injuries.

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59 Responses to UPDATE: Running Propane Heater Explodes In Vehicle While Traveling Down Great Mills Road

  1. Joe on February 24, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Really? What do these people use for brains.

  2. Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 6:17 am

    UnForkn Real!..Another prime example of Natural selection.

  3. Leeroy Jenkins on February 24, 2015 at 6:58 am

    The zombie apocalypse is upon on us…

  4. Father Knows Best on February 24, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Using a propane heater to heat the car, lol. Good ole’ ingenuity.

  5. Wtf on February 24, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I don’t even know where to start

    • Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Your name says it all.

  6. Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 8:25 am

    wow

  7. Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I want to see this car… I’ve never heard of Automotive Propane Heaters.

    • me on February 24, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      I think it was old VWs that used gasoline for the heater..

  8. Jack Wagon on February 24, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Wow, that was an incredibly smart thing to do. Why call an ambulance and fire truck? Just throw them back in the burning car, and let natural selection work!

    • gracesdaughter1@verizon.net on February 24, 2015 at 10:52 am

      You people are really cruel. What the hell happened to you that you have no compassion?

      • Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm

        We’re fresh out of compassion here.

        • Anonymous on February 25, 2015 at 10:03 am

          Haha. Complete stupidity overrides compassion

      • chiefjoseph on February 26, 2015 at 8:07 am

        I’ll quote that famous Judge Judy “Beauty fades but dumb is for ever” if they actually were using this propane heater to heat the car.

        • Chris on March 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm

          Thank you Chief

    • Seriously??? on February 24, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Saying that was a stupid thing to do is one thing, and I agree, but the rest of what you wrote is horrible and you should be ashamed of yourself. Thank God you are not a First Responder.

      • Jack Wagon on February 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm

        For real? These people are walking amongst us. These idiots will probably breed. What if your son/daughter brought one home. You’d be cursed with idiot grandchildren, then the cycle would just repeat itself.

        • Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 5:21 pm

          Jack Wagon preachin da truff.

          • ANON_REDDITOR on February 25, 2015 at 7:37 am

            its “troof”.

            -Donald Wellngton

          • Jack Wagon on February 25, 2015 at 8:35 am

            Regardless, I’m preaching it.

          • Anonymous on February 25, 2015 at 10:06 am

            Lol too funny. And def troof haha. Oh and we never signed up to be first responders because of idiots like these that should just be left to their own devices. But then some “compassionate” person comes in and ruins it for all the rest

          • ANON_REDDITOR on February 26, 2015 at 9:24 am

            “BAM!!”

            -Emeril

  9. Anon 2.0 on February 24, 2015 at 8:48 am

    That has to be the most idiotic thing I’ve heard someone do to warm up their vehicle. It wasn’t even that cold.

  10. ANON_REDDITOR on February 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    hahaha..here’s your sign.

  11. Nick on February 24, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Who would have a running propane heater in their car while driving?
    People are getting dumber and dumber every day!

  12. Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Propane heater in a moving vehicle = bad idea.

  13. Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Nomination for a Darwin Award.

  14. YourMomZaenus on February 24, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Holy crap, how bloody stupid can you be?

  15. Keekee on February 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

    How tragic. I hope they are both ok.

  16. bill on February 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

    And…. Dumbass of the year award goes to>>>>>

  17. WOW on February 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Looks like another law needs to be implemented. Instead of no texting and driving, no propane heating while driving. SMDH

  18. Angela on February 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

    This was likely a catering truck aka a Roach Coach folks. Probably the lady in the back was cooking while the driver was transporting them to wherever they will be setting up to sell their food today. Propane tanks are used all the time on these vehicles.

    • Anon 2.0 on February 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      It clearly stated that it was a propane HEATER being used to heat the interior of the vehicle. Nice try, but not even close.

    • Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      The article clearly states they were using it to heat the inside of the vehicle, not to cook.

    • Ltowntaxpayer on February 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      The article clearly states that the propane heater was being used to warm the interior of the vehicle. It could have been an RV with a propane heater. Hopefully they both fully recover.

    • Jack Wagon on February 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Nope, just two idiots in a 2004 Jeep Liberty.

    • Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      2004 Jeep Liberty, not sure this vehicle is the ideal food catering truck/roach coach.

    • Outspoken on February 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Wrong.

    • Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      yes, propane tanks are used all the time for the catering vehicles… but a propane heater? think again…

    • Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      Jeep Liberty…

      • Anonymous on February 25, 2015 at 9:06 am

        Jeep Liberty roach coach according to some people.

      • BigDawg on February 25, 2015 at 1:23 pm

        Exactly

    • The Mad Poster on February 25, 2015 at 7:15 am

      They were cookin’ a couple of steaks on the propane grill in the back seat of a 2004 Jeep Liberty.

  19. me on February 24, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Tell me I read this story wrong

    • Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      You read this story wrong.

  20. Anonymous on February 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    No photos of ‘said vehicle’?

  21. cool moe dee on February 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I’ll take “Auxiliary Automotive Heaters” for $400 Alex

  22. Buffdaddy on February 24, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    i pray that everyone will be okay but you just can’t fix stupid! recession and inflation causing hard times! THINGS PROBABLY GOING TO GET WORSE AS LONG AS OUR PRESIDENT AND REPUBLICANS CAN’T AGREE ON ANYTHING! THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET!

    • Uh... on February 25, 2015 at 8:12 am

      I’m sure it is not just REPUBLICANS who are messing this country up. Check your facts before spurting off at the mouth.

      Both parties are worthless and people need to wake up and realize that.

      • Anonymous on February 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

        Some people can turn anything into a political debate.

      • Anonymous on February 25, 2015 at 10:43 am

        troof!

        • ANON_REDDITOR on February 27, 2015 at 9:11 am

          hahahaha

    • fred50 on February 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      So you advocate Congress be a rubber stamp for what ever is put in the White House. Apparently Thomas Jefferson and crowd put pen to paper for nothing. Plus Mr Jefferson must have been stupid not to realize in time people would be to stupid to vote responsibly.

  23. Anonymous on February 25, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Mobile meth lab?

  24. D-UNIT on February 25, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I’m guessing they were smoking in the car as well…… To the chicks credit she did stop, drop, and roll.

  25. Chris on February 25, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Love all the funny little comments like the jepoardy one and dumbass of the year, etc. Too funny! Seriously, if I were them I’d be so embarrassed…their names were published, so now EVERYONE knows how big of idiots they are.

  26. Kenny Chezz on February 25, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Only……And I repeat ONLY, in good old St. Mary’s County.

    These people are a mess!

  27. fred50 on February 25, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Gee a little “creative writing” in the initial report! Mr Brian Williams would be proud of the local writers.

  28. Rick Diculous on February 26, 2015 at 7:37 am

    As tragic and stupid as this situation is described, I wish them a full speedy recovery. With that said, I think this is funniest article I’ve ever read so far this year.