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2 Dead After Blast at Popular Gas Station

4 injured after explosion at 'pillar of the little community' in Virginia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2019 8:30 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Authorities say an explosion at a Virginia gas station has left two people dead and four people injured, the AP reports. Rockbridge County Fire and EMS Chief Nathan Ramsey said the remains of two people were found in the rubble of the South River Market several miles north of Buena Vista, per the Roanoke Times. Their names hadn't been released as of Friday evening. Virginia State Police say the explosion occurred Friday around 9:50am. "I heard a loud boom, and that's when I went out and I saw it and I said, 'Oh my,'" a local woman tells WSET.

"It pretty much was the pillar of the little community here," Ramsey said, calling it "a difficult day for the community." "When you walked in the door, everyone knew your name." Spokesman Sgt. Rick Garletts said the explosion doesn't appear to be suspicious, adding that the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office has asked the state police to investigate. Garletts said police and fire crews had been working to account for those who may have been located in the building at the time of the explosion. Although it's not clear what the conditions of the four people who were injured are, the Times notes at least one has been released from the hospital.

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