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1 Killed, Fire Truck Burns In Killeen Gas Tanker Truck Blaze

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KILLEEN (AP) — A tanker truck explosion and fire at a Central Texas gas station left one person dead, destroyed a fire truck and forced more than 50 nearby residents to evacuate.

Killeen police did not immediately release details on the person killed in the fiery accident early Friday at a Mickey's Convenience Store. Police say preliminary information indicates the tanker truck was refueling the gas pumps when it was struck by an SUV.

The fire destroyed the tanker, the SUV and a Killeen Fire Department fire truck and damaged several other vehicles. Police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez says the fire truck responding to the accident burned when gasoline from the ruptured tanker reached the emergency rig.

The blaze was extinguished after about four hours and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

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