Propane line cut, East Texan thinks she was targeted

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

CAMDEN, TX (KTRE) - Authorities are investigating an East Texas woman's propane line that was cut, causing a dangerous gas to leak near her home. The woman said she believes she may have been targeted.

Pamela Gardener's propane tank is empty. "We had one hundred gallons," she said.

When Gardener caught the scent of a strong odor, she knew something was wrong.

"So I went around to the back and I started to really smell it," she said.

Gardner said someone cut her propane line.

"That was intentional, yes," she said. "There's no other way to put it. I mean I can try to make it sound good, but it won't be truth."

A Polk County Sheriff's Deputy said they are investigating the possibility that someone targeted Gardener's home.

"The sparks alone from where they were cutting should have blown the house immediately when it came in contact with the gas," said Gardener.

Without propane Gardener said life is more difficult - water runs ice cold.

"This is supposed to be hot water coming out," she said.

She said she has no way to cook.

"We can't get heat. We have a gas stove. We can't cook on the stove."

Gardener said she needs to light up her property to protect it.

"Make sure you have plenty of lighting around your house or some type of detectors, motion detectors," she said.

Simple steps Gardener wants to take to help keep her family safe. Authorities said cutting someone's propane line falls is considered criminal mischief.

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