Explosion at Sunoco Gas Station on Winchester

By Adam Black

The Ashland Beacon

Photo submitted: taken by Blake Hammond

Multiple emergency responders are at the scene of a reported explosion at the Sunoco gas station on Winchester Avenue.

Dispatchers said they received a call about 8:45 a.m. Monday about a report of an explosion at the Sunoco on 22nd Street and Winchester Avenue in Ashland.

“There was a loud boom, and it shook the whole building,” Bryan Braggs said, who was across the street at the time of the explosion. “I thought a car took out the front of Music Box Express.”

Emergency responders said no one was injured. The immediate area is closed to traffic as crews are investigating.

Braggs did not catch the initial explosion, but once he heard the noise looked out his window and saw the flames and filmed it on his phone.

“I called 911 at 8:40 p.m,” Braggs said. “They were already aware of the explosion before I started filming.”


The Ashland Fire Department, Ashland Police and Boyd County Emergency Management are at the scene.

The Ashland Police department sent out a Facebook post asking for residents to avoid the area.

"Due to a small explosion of fuel storage tanks at Sunoco gas station at 22nd Street and Winchester Ave downtown, the area is closed to traffic. Please avoid the area as roadways are closed from 21st Street to 23rd Street on Winchester Ave. The fire department still has hoses and equipment blocking the roadway.

Expect the roadway to be closed for the next 2 hours as crews continue to make the scene safe and investigate.

No one is injured," the statement read.

This is a developing story, and the Ashland Beacon will have more when it becomes available.