Virginia police seek records in fatal gas station explosion

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BUENA VISTA, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police are looking into a fuel distributor as they investigate a gas station explosion that killed four people and injured three others.

Search warrants are asking for information about a gasoline order delivered to South River Market just before the explosion on May 10 from Webb’s Oil Corporation.

Investigators requested records on the distributor’s truck driver, as well as business, phone and company training documents.

Officers said they hoped to determine if the driver had adequate safety training and knew how to act in case of an accident.

“I think about him even, if he did cause it, I pray that he can get peace, cause I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose,” said Carol Harris who lives near the market.

The market was totally consumed by flames in the May blaze. Investigators found four bodies in the rubble but said they didn’t think the fire was suspicious.

“I know these things happen. You see it on the news, but it’s hard when it hits home,” said Harris.

Harris stopped at the market nearly every day after work. She says she hopes the investigation brings answers for the community and the victims’ families.

“They need closure and they need for that to be cleaned up as soon as possible because I know what it does to me, I can’t imagine what it does to them,” said Harris.

WFXR reached out to the company for a comment, but has not heard back at this time.

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