ASHLAND, Ky. (WOWK) –
A loud boom and a fire with billowing smoke what is what scared so many people on their way into work this morning in Ashland, Ky. An underground fuel tank exploded right before everyone‘s eyes.
“I had just turned the corner. I was right there,” Margaret Campbell said she was pulling into work, just hundreds of feet away, when it happened.
“I had just turned the corner to go down the alley and park my car when I heard the boom,” Campbell recalled. “I got out of the car and it kind of shook the ground.” Campbell said she saw the gas cap for the underground tank go flying into the air and then the fire.
Firefighters in Ashland worked to contain the fire and stayed on scene for hours to keep it from reigniting. Winchester Avenue was blocked from 22nd Street to 23rd Street.
Campbell said there was grave concern for her coworkers as well as clients they serve as the gas station is a place all of them frequented.
“Being in this neighborhood, working in this neighborhood, and being a community partner in this neighborhood, we always know who’s in the gas station. We know the workers in the gas station. So it was very concerning something could have happened to the people around us.”
One of Campbell’s coworkers was also nearby and he says he’s lucky to be alive. He said debris from the explosion came crashing down on his car. Another coworker, said she went to check on the gas station owners and they were visibly shocked and speechless.
Fire Marshals were seen looking at the debris and devestation left by the explosion but no word on a cause has been released.