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Gas station shut after explosion reopens

Posted: January 14, 2014 - 1:04am

FAIRBANKS — A gasoline station near Alaska’s Denali National Park has reopened less than two years after it was shut down following a fire and explosion, with full renovation expected by summer.

The gas station in Cantwell has mostly been restored, but there is still cosmetic work to do, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

The Chevron station burned on Dec. 4, 2011, after an explosion ignited two heating fuel containers near the main building. The fire burned all night and was extinguished the following morning.

Four customers and a station worker were injured in the mishap.

Nancy Shaw, one of the station’s owners, said the business officially reopened last Memorial Day weekend, but it provided nothing but fuel service for a while. The station has slowly been making its way back to full recovery.

“We need all the inside things completed,” Shaw said.

The station’s convenience store still lacks siding, which is expected to be installed in coming weeks.

Small refrigerators and coolers have been installed in the convenience store, and the bathrooms have been completed.

Shaw said the goal is to fully restore the station by summer.

Cantwell is located just outside the eastern boundary of Denali National Park and about 175 miles north of Anchorage.

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