Death Toll in Virginia Explosion Reaches Three; Probe Continues

Death Toll in Virginia Explosion Reaches Three; Probe Continues

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A fire and explosion took place at a gas station in Rockbridge County, Virginia on Friday. The Virginia State police on Saturday confirmed that the explosion led to the death of around three people, with four injured.

The news of the explosion led to a sudden evacuation of nearby schools in Rockbridge County. The Police have not been able to discover the cause and origin of the explosion. Those injured were transported to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington for their treatment.

A resident said that he felt the explosion from his farm. Russell Williams, while detailing the incident said, “Immediately it was just a big ball of fire.”

“The roof blew off the store, and went to the right of the store, and then the trusses blew up and went to the front of the store.”

The explosion at the South River Market & Gas Station at the intersection of Old Buena Vista Road and South River Road took place around 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Both the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office and Rockbridge County Fire-Rescue & Emergency Management rushed for help.

After acknowledging the remains of one set at the scene, Virginia State Police Sgt. Richard Garletts said that the total number of the unaccounted people could range from three to five. These could be the family members of the employees or possible patrons. The Police found two other bodies at the South River Market in Rockbridge County, a few miles to the north of Buena Vista, raising the death toll to three.

Virginia state police had sent the remains of the dead people to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for the purpose of examination, autopsy, and positive identification. It is expected that the identification of the victims might take a few days.

In the wake of the recent coalition that has evolved with the aim of breaking the state utilities, the Virginians have started to treat the gas station explosion as a criminal activity. Although, the Virginia State police said that the explosion “doesn’t appear to be suspicious in nature”, the investigation regarding the case is largely in progress.

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