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Leaking gas causes Vienna service station explosion

VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Leaking acetylene caused a Vienna service station explosion early Friday morning, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

The explosion happened around 12:05 a.m. at the building located at 545 Maple Avenue, which is a service station and vehicle repair shop.

When crews got to the scene there was smoke and fire coming from the back of the building. Crews were able to quickly put the fire out.

Officials said the fuel pumps were open for business, however the repair garage was closed.

The one person who was inside of the station at the time of the explosion was able to get out without getting hurt. Nobody was injured.

Damages are estimated at $7,000. The investigation shows that the fire started in a secured sea container which was being used for miscellaneous storage at the back of the building.

The cause of the explosion was leaking acetylene from a pressurized cylinder in the container, officials said. The exact cause of the fire has not been determined.

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