Two people die in filling station explosion in Azerbaijan (UPDATE-4)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 9 / Trend M. Aliyev, E. Ismayilov /
A criminal case under article 225 of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan (violation of fire safety regulations) has been filed with regards to the explosion in "Azpetrol" filling station in Hajigabul region of Azerbaijan and investigation is being carried out, the prosecutor of Hajigabul district Taryel Gurbanov told Trend.
"Azpetrol" filling station has been exploded in Hajigabul region of Azerbaijan today. Two people died, 15 people were injured, 7 cars were burnt, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations said.
The relevant forces and equipment, two helicopters were involved. The fire was extinguished by firefighters at 3:57 p.m.
At present, the relevant work is being conducted.
Spokesman for Azpetrol Jamal Zeynalov told Trend that a truck, not owned by Azpetrol, left the road and crashed into a filling station with other cars at the filling station to avoid collision with another car. The car transporting fuel exploded.
He said that one of the pumps for refueling was damaged as a result of the accident. The shed in front of the filling station burnt. The main oil storage tanks were not damaged.
Zeynalov also stressed according to preliminary data, the employees of the filling station are alive. However, some staff members were injured.
The information was confirmed by the Hajigabul region law enforcement bodies.
The Transport Ministry also confirmed the incident. At present, the passenger transport service employees have already arrived, the ministry said.