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Gas Station Explosion Follow-up

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Posted: December 1, 2007 8:08 p.m.

RICHLAND, Wash.--This was the scene less than 24 hours after the explosion occurred at a Conoco Gas Station.

Take a look at this U-Haul Truck, it is completely destroyed. Now, there are still questions about how the fire started, the Department of Ecology officials surveyed the site earlier to test for possible contamination in the city's water system.

"We're here to help clean-up the water and oil that is residue from the fire," says Mark Peterschmidt, WA Department of Ecology. We're going to be working in the storm-water system to try to prevent anything that got into the storm-water system from getting into the waterways here in Richland."

According to police, the two women were siphoning gas and storing it in twelve-55 gallon drums.

Since yesterday, station owners said they haven't been able to account for more than 3,000 gallons of fuel.