BUENA VISTA, Va. (WRIC) — Several people were injured and more are missing after a gas station in Buena Vista, located northwest of Lynchburg, was destroyed in an explosion Friday morning.
The explosion happened around 9:50 a.m. at the South River Market on Old Buena Vista Road.
Witnesses told WSET they heard a loud ‘boom’ and within seconds the gas station was engulfed in flames.
Virginia State Police said four adults were transported to Carilion Stone Wall Jackson Hospital. It is believed that one other person was taken to UVA Medical Center.
The flames have since been extinguished, though it is unclear if crews have been able to access the building as they work to put out any remaining hot spots. Investigators are still working to account for all individuals who may have been inside the gas station at the time of the explosion.
Family of those who are unaccounted for are gathering at Mountain View Elementary School nearby with Red Cross officials and counselors.
Clean up could take several days, officials said.
The cause of the explosion and fire are under investigation, but police said it does not appear to be suspicious in nature.
WSET also reports that at least seven agencies responded to the scene to help with the explosion.