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Northbridge firefighters rushed to the parking lot of a propane company early Thursday, when they found fires burning in the cabs of three delivery trucks — all with fully loaded tanks of propane in the rear of the vehicles, officials said.

Northbridge Fire Chief David White said no one was in the area at 1:56 a.m. when firefighters arrived at 998 Church St., where the Osterman Propane company’s facility is located. He said the cause of the fire is currently unknown.

The delivery trucks were parked outside Osterman Propane when “something caught fire [on one truck] and spread to the other two,” White said.


One firefighter faced “very minor injuries,” but White said the fire was under control in 90 minutes.

While fighting the fires in the front of the trucks, the firefighters paid close attention to the propane tanks in the rear of the vehicles, all of which were fully loaded with propane, he said. Firefighters doused the propane tanks as a safety precaution.

“We were able to cool them down very quickly,” White said.

Northbridge police Lieutenant Timothy Labrie said when he and three officers arrived, firefighters were “dousing the trucks with water in an attempt to extinguish the fire [and] to keep the trucks and tanks cool.”

Labrie said there were about eight trucks parked in a line, but thanks to the fast work of firefighters, only three were engulfed in flames.

Jennifer Mieth, public information officer for the fire marshal’s office, said the cause of the fire is under investigation by State Police assigned to the fire marshal’s office and by the Northbridge Fire Department.

Osterman Propane was not immediately available for comment.

Sabrina Schnur can be reached at sabrina.schnur@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sabrina_schnur.