Gasoline tanker explodes during delivery in Pelham

A gasoline tanker exploded while pulling into a Pelham gas station early Friday morning.

Fire officals say the explosion happened around 2 a.m. at the Gulf Station on Parkway and Secor Lane, right near the Fairway supermarket.

Investigators say the driver told them he suddenly felt heat coming from somewhere in the truck so he and the gas station attendant, the only two people there at the time, took off running. That's when flames erupted from the tanker.

The fire quickly spread to the adjacent convenience store and auto body shop.

Firefighters also had to worry about the gas pumps and other fuel storage tanks above and below ground.

The heat was so intense it caused some of the windows at a Sleepy's bedding store across the street to crack.

It took about 80 firefighters from several different departments about two hours to get everything under control.

Environmental cleanup crews were also on the scene to vacuum up any fuel left behind. Fire officials say the burning fuel did not pollute the waterway located behind the property.

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