PHOTOS: Massive explosion erupts from gas station in Russia few days after Lebanon tragedy
Tragedy as a massive explosion which erupted from a gas station has led to the injury of atleast 13 people in Russia.
This is coming days after more than 200 people were killed in an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the blast happened in Volgograd city in Russia.
The Ministry of Russian Emergencies revealed that a propane tank caught fire at a gas station in Volgograd’s Traktorozavodsky district.
According to report, firefighters reached the site at 11.30am local time and an initial attempt to contain the fire was unsuccessful.
A footage of the explosion obtained by newsmen shows a large ball of fire sent flying up into the sky and the huge flames could be seen from a distance followed by thick, black smoke.
It was first reported only four to six people were caught in the initial blast but rescuers were also injured due to several small explosions. All were taken to the hospital and the fire is now under control.
According to local media, the explosion occurred in the fuel tank but the cause of the blast is not clear yet.
Eyewitnesses say the explosion shook the windows of many houses within the area.
Ten victims were taken to the hospital while another two refused hospitalisation. At least one person was in critical condition.
One of the firefighters, an employee of the Emergencies Ministry, has suffered serious burns.
Local reports claim at least 50 percent of his body burned by the time he was taken to the hospital.