Azerbaijani ministry reports explosion at filling station
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 17 / Trend M. Aliyev /
The Azerbaijani Ministry for Emergency Situations has reported an explosion at a filling station in the Lankaran region 270km south of Baku today.
The explosion occurred at a filling station on the Lankaran-Astara highway, 2.5 km from the district center, in the village of Digaz of Lankaran region, a message posted on the official website of the Ministry for Emergency said.
Two tanks with liquefied gas, the volume of each was 50 cubic meters, a Kamaz car with 16 tons of liquefied natural gas, a VAZ car and the flammable parts of a Belarus tractor were destroyed in the blast.
A 60-square meter teahouse nearby was destroyed in the blaze, while a Bakcell mobile phone antenna was disabled.
The Kamaz tank exploded and blew the roofs off nearby houses.
Three employees of the filling station were injured and hospitalized.
Firefighters at the scene extinguished the fire and prevented it spreading to a 50-cubic meter liquefied natural gas tank, an 15-ton underground tank for fuel storage and nearby houses.
A criminal case has been filed and investigation is underway.