Petrol station explodes as fireball shoots into the sky leaving many injured

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A petrol station explosion saw a fireball shooting into the air, leaving multiple people injured.

The fire happened at a forecourt in Akademgorodok, near Novosibirsk, Russia, with reports that the inferno spread to a second petrol station.

Flames shot hundreds of feet into the air in a succession of explosions as fuel tanks and gas cylinders ignited.

Footage showed locals screaming as mothers pushed prams away from the giant flames.

The windows of residential blocks in the area were shattered and people were evacuated.

One report cited a witness saying: "A second gas station is already on fire…a second station."

Another eyewitness said: "The area is full of ambulances. And those who came to gawp at the fire were also burned.

"One of the explosions thundered when the first fire engine got to the petrol. I hope the firefighters are alive."

An emergency official said: "As a result of the incident at a filling station six people were wounded, including one child.

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"Four were hospitalised to a burn centre.

"Two worked with the Emergencies’ Ministry, among the first to arrive to extinguish the fire. Currently, fire extinguishing work is underway."

The injury count has since been raised to 16 while reports said the blaze covers 5,381 square feet.

Extinguishing was hampered by the continuing explosions of gas cylinders and fuel tanks with the cause of the blaze not immediately clear.

One report said a fuel tank had detonated.

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