3 injured after fuel tanks ignite at Long Island gas station

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FREEPORT, Long Island (PIX11) - The flames billowing from a Long Island gas station Tuesday morning were so intense that multiple motorists started showing up at a nearby firehouse, according to Freeport Mayor Robert T. Kennedy.

Workers were trying to remove underground fuel tanks from the Gulf Station at the intersection of W. Sunrise Highway and N. Long Beach Avenue when fumes suddenly ignited, according to a Nassau County Arson/Bomb Squad report.

The gas station was effectively turned into a giant ball of fire, and the three workers were all injured -- two seriously.  Two of the men are 35, and the third is 19 years old.

All three men were taken to an area hospital.

The accident is being called accidental, but an investigation is ongoing.