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Tuesday, November 17, 1998 Published at 19:00 GMT


Man killed in petrol station fire

Petrol station workers and firemen were praised for averting a major disaster

A man has died and several people have been injured following an explosion at a busy service station in Cambridgeshire.

Around 60 firemen were fighting the blaze which broke out shortly before 1100 GMT at the Fina station just north of Bar Hill, near Lolworth.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service says two lorries collided as one came off the A14 westbound for the petrol station forecourt.

[ image: One lorry tore through the central reservation]
One lorry tore through the central reservation
The vehicles entered the forecourt and collided with cars, a fire service spokesman said.

There was a big explosion and the emergency services were called to the scene.

Some people were reported to be in the immediate vicinity of the crash.

[ image: Several cars on the forecourt were damaged]
Several cars on the forecourt were damaged
"There was serious damage to the petrol pump installation but a serious incident was prevented by the quick action of the petrol station staff and firefighters, who prevented fuel escaping," the spokesman told BBC News Online.

Police closed the westbound carriageway of the A14 and sealed off the area for public safety.

Tailbacks were reported to be stretching as far as the M11.

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