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UPDATE: Explosion Levels Gas Station in Grayson, Ky.

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 12/5/13 @ 10:47 p.m.
GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) – A pile of rubble now stands where a gas station stood just hours before.

The Grayson Fire Chief tells WSAZ.com the explosion appears to have resulted from workers removing gas tanks from the Somerset Oil station on East Main Street in Grayson. He said they may have hit a natural gas line that caused a leak. Before emergency crews could get there to assist with the leak, there was an explosion just before 6 p.m.

“They was standing about right in here when it blew up, so they was very lucky,” Chief Greg Felty said, gesturing to the piles of debris. “The building blew from the inside out.”

Randy McGuire, the owner of Somerset Oil, told WSAZ.com he decided to close the gas station for good yesterday because it would be too expensive for him to comply with environmental regulations.

“We went out with a bang,” McGuire said.

None of the five or six workers there was hurt, according to emergency services workers.

William Robinson manages the Cannonsburg location of Tres Hermanos Nunez, a Mexican restaurant which also has a location across the street from Somerset Oil.

“[Workers] called me and told me the building across the street had exploded and was on fire, and so we didn't know if we'd have to close or not so I just came out to check on it,” Robinson said.

He said he also lives nearby and was worried the explosion would be much worse.

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal is expected to investigate the explosion to find out exactly what happened.

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UPDATE 12/5/13 @ 6:21 p.m.
GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Crews are on the scene of a gas tank explosion in Grayson, Kentucky.

The fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. at Somerset Oil Inc. on East Main Street.

911 dispatchers say crews were removing gas tanks when the tanks exploded.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com there are several crews on the scene including the Grayson Fire Department, Hitchins Fire Department and Grayson Police Department.

They say the fire is contained, but not out.

No injuries have been reported.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/5/13 @ 5:57 p.m.
GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Crews are on the scene of an explosion in Grayson.

911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com gas tanks exploded at Somerset Oil Inc. on East Main Street in Grayson.

It was reported just before 6 p.m.

Dispatchers say several crews are on the scene and they are working to put out the fire. At this time, it is not under control.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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