Buildings storing fireworks, oil, chemicals catch fire in Gallup
KOB Web Staff
August 02, 2018 12:12 PM
GALLUP, N.M. - A massive fire erupted near a gas station in Gallup Wednesday night, sending flames and a large plume of smoke into the air.
The metal buildings that caught fire were storing oil drums, fireworks, and other chemicals, according to McKinley County spokesman Doug Decker.
It's located along Highway 491, about five miles north of I-40.
Witnesses lined up along the road to record video of the fire. Several explosions were heard, but no injuries were reported.
Traffic in both directions of Highway 491 was closed for several hours, while crews from multiple agencies monitored hot spots. According to McKinley County officials, there are still hot spots being monitored but the fire is out.
Multiple agencies are investigating the fire. So far, a cause has not been determined.
The GasMax gas station is still operable.
#NMSP on scene of a structure fire N of Gallup at the Gas Max gas station on US 491. No injuries reported. US 491 shut down in both directions. Commercial traffic should divert to Navajo Rte 9 for EB travel and SR 264 to Navajo Rte 12 for WB travel. #MCSO is handling scene. pic.twitter.com/tci0vCyaM1— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) August 2, 2018
KOB Web Staff
Updated: August 02, 2018 12:12 PM
Created: August 01, 2018 08:17 PM
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