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Explosion in Medford Oregon sparks fire and fears chemical spill

A massive explosion in Oregon has forced locals to evacuate the area immediately.

Loud explosions were heard Wednesday morning amid reports of a warning about possible chemicals in the air.

Harrowing footage shows Infernos erupted in the street as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze, which local reports said broke out just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

The Medford Fire Department shared an update on Facebook early Wednesday morning after police closed roads.

“Crews are still actively working on the fuel fire at S Central and Boyd,” the Facebook post said.

“In addition to the fire, we are working to contain the spills from the fuel silos and have requested a heavy foam unit from the airport. Please stay away from the area.”

According to unconfirmed reports, at least five buildings were destroyed.

KDRV reporter Brett Austin Taylor tweeted: “Firefighters are still tackling a fuel fire at S Central and Boyd in Medford. In addition to the fire, crews are working to contain spills from the fuel silos and have requested a heavy foam unit from the airport, according to Medford Fire. Please stay away from the area.”

Now a local tweeted: “Police continue to use loudspeakers to announce that there may be chemicals in the air from this fire. They are also treating this as an active crime scene.”

Pacific Power later confirmed they shut off power to the area while firefighters continued to battle the blaze.

Local authorities urged residents to evacuate for fear of chemical leaks.
Local authorities urged residents to evacuate for fear of chemical leaks.
Medford Fire Department

The Company wrote on Twitter: “For safety reasons we have shut down service in the S Central/Boyd St, Medford area due to a 3 alarm petrol station fire.

“Currently the estimated recovery time is 3pm. We will update as more information becomes available.”

https://nypost.com/2022/04/13/medford-oregon-explosion-sparks-fiery-blaze-chemical-leak-fears/ Explosion in Medford Oregon sparks fire and fears chemical spill

JACLYN DIAZ

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