Fuel Tanker Explodes at Gas Station in Westchester

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:07 PM EDT
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Fuel Tanker Explodes at Gas Station

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A fuel tanker making a delivery to a gas station in Westchester County erupted into a fireball early Friday.

There were no injuries, but authorities in Pelham Manor said a nearby convenience store was severely damaged.

Authorities said the driver and the gas station attendant escaped from the Oil City station on Secor Road without injuries.

Fire officials said the explosion could have been catastrophic if it had happened at another time of day, but because it was 2 a.m., no one was at the gas station.

Firefighters were able to save a nearby auto body shop that also caught fire.

Fire Chief Joseph Ruggiero said the tanker truck was offloading when something went wrong.

The incident is under investigation.

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