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TIPTON COUNTY, Tenn. —Investigators are working to determine what caused an explosion at a gas station in Tipton County early Friday morning.

The incident happened just before 3 a.m. at the corner of Highway 59 and Highway 70 in Mason.

Covington Fire Rescue Chief Michael Naifeh said by the time their crews arrived on the scene, the building was already unstable with multiple walls and support beams missing.

In all, four departments worked the blaze as four others handled crowd and traffic control. After the blaze, the Tennessee Highway Patrol tweeted that both highways would remain closed for several hours as investigators tried to piece together what happened.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Bomb and Arson Division was initially called in to assist but turned the investigation over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the explosion or subsequent fire.

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