Three people have died following a massive explosion at a Virginia gas station on Friday morning.
The blast occurred around 9.30 am at the South River Market, several miles north of Buena Vista in the state’s west.
Investigators confirmed the death toll on Saturday afternoon, after the remains of the three victims were found after a search of the rubble.
Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Rick Garletts told Associated Press that the remains were taken to the medical examiner for identification, which may take several days.
Four more people were rushed to hospital after sustaining serious injuries in the explosion.
Sgt. Rick Garletts stated that the fire is being treated as a criminal matter since the cause is unknown.
However, according to Fox News, investigators say ‘the incident does not appear suspicious in nature.’
Meanwhile, one resident who lives nearby the South River Market said he felt the explosion from his farm.
Speaking with CBS, he stated: ‘Immediately it was just a big ball of fire. The roof blew off the store, and went to the right of the store, and then the trusses blew up and went to the front of the store.’