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1 hurt, firetruck burns in Killeen gas tanker truck blaze

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — A tanker truck explosion and fire at a Central Texas gas station left one person dead, destroyed a firetruck and forced more than 50 nearby residents to evacuate.

Killeen police did not immediately release details on the person killed in the fiery accident early Friday at a Mickey’s Convenience Store. Police say preliminary information indicates the tanker truck was refueling the gas pumps when it was struck by an SUV.

The fire destroyed the tanker, the SUV, a Killeen Fire Department firetruck and damaged several other vehicles. Police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez says the firetruck responding to the accident went up in flames when gasoline from the ruptured tanker reached the emergency rig.

The blaze was extinguished after about four hours and residents were allowed to return to their homes.


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