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16 injured after gas station fire triggers powerful explosions with mushroom clouds in Siberia’s largest city (VIDEOS)

A large fire has erupted at a gas station in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russia. The massive blasts triggered by the blaze were caught on film. 

Bystanders and residents of multi-story apartment buildings filmed powerful mushroom-shaped explosions near a busy road.

Russian media cited emergency services saying that 16 people were hurt. Officials previously told TASS news agency that four employees and two firefighters were injured when fuel tanks detonated.

Emergency officials separately told RIA Novosti that four people were hospitalized with burns. 

Authorities have closed the road near the blaze, warning drivers to stay away from the area. 

The gas station’s operator told TASS that the blaze began when a vehicle was refueling at one of the pumps. He added that a cargo truck and a fuel truck had been destroyed.

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