ASHLAND, OH – Nearly ten months after the Mobil Mart gas station exploded in Ashland, OH, the business is once again up and running.
On May 3, 2016, the local gas station blew out the northeast corner wall of the building. One of the station’s employees, Robert Hunt, was on duty at the time of the incident, and was quoted as saying “I saw a bright orange flash out of the corner of my left eye while I was reading the newspaper. I grabbed my cellphone and glasses and ran out the front door. Now, almost a year later, the station has been rebuilt and reopened to the public.
Owner Steve Majar said he is happy to be back open and the customers are shaking his hand and saying it’s nice to see the doors open again.
One customer came in and gave the clerk Ellen Bonfiglio a big hug and expressed how happy they are to see her working again.
One of the changes the station has made to prevent future incidents is running everything off of electricity. Although the initial report was ruled undetermined, the most plausible cause was the ignition of unidentified fuel vapors within the interior of the building.
The investigation has closed citing that no type of criminal activity was found, so that will leave it up to the civil attorneys and the courts to decide who will pay the damages.
In the meantime, the Mobil Mart at 342 E. Main Street will open and business will continue as usual. Robert Hunt said he will stay on as 3rd shift operator.