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Gasoline Tank Explodes, Injures Eleven

December 6, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ A gasoline tank in a garage exploded, throwing concrete, metal and asphalt skyward, sparking a fire on a nearby fuel truck and injuring 11 people, authorities said.

″It was the hairiest blast I’ve seen in my eight years″ as a firefighter, said firefighter Peter Farrenkopf. ″It burned hot and fast.″

The blast Friday night opened up a large gash on West 183rd Street in upper Manhattan, blew out windows and walls in the garage, knocked a floor in, and tossed a heavy metal gate from the back of the block-long garage into the front lobby of an apartment building, authorities said.

The blast occurred in an underground tank at a New York Telephone garage after a truck from the Janis Petroleum Co. had just competed pumping 1,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline, said Efrain Parrilla, a Fire Department spokesman.

A garage security guard was hospitalized in serious but stable condition with multiple fractures and facial trauma, said Parrilla. The rest of the injured, including seven firefighters who suffered smoke inhalation, were treated and released.

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