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Driver dies after fuel tanker explodes in Phoenix

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PHOENIX – One person was killed in an explosion of a fuel tanker early Tuesday in Phoenix.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Maggie Cox said Wednesday that Miguel Ramirez, 40, was filling up his tanker near Indian School Road and 39th Avenue when it exploded around 7:15 a.m.

Cox said Ramirez was severely burned and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No foul play was suspected, and the cause of the explosion is under investigation, Cox said.

The Arizona Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board were assisting police in the investigation.

Clarendon Avenue was blocked off between 35th and 43rd avenues while hazmat units cleaned up the debris.

Less than two weeks ago, a woman in Chandler was badly burned at a gas station when another driver hit a pump that then burst into flames.

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