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One dead in blast at Las Vegas truck repair facility

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Leila Navidi

An explosion was reported Friday late morning at the Nevada Truck and Trailer Repair business, May 17, 2013.

Updated Friday, May 17, 2013 | 2:20 p.m.

North Las Vegas Explosion

An explosion was reported Friday late morning at the Nevada Truck and Trailer Repair business, May 17, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Nevada Truck & Repair

One man is dead after an explosion Friday morning at truck-repair operation near Nellis Air Force Base.

The explosion at Nevada Truck & Repair, 4915 N. Sloan Lane, is under investigation by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Clark County Fire Department investigators. The cause was not immediately known.

A fire department official said a call for help came in about 11:20 a.m. Some kind of truck exploded inside a large pole-barn type building with several bays for semi-trucks.

From a distance, the roof and some walls appeared damaged.

Officials said foam was used to kill the fire from the explosion. The fire was extinguished in about five minutes.

Besides the one dead, officials said, no one else was injured.

The building abuts the ProPetroleum terminal, where dozens of large round fuel storage tanks reside. As investigators did their work, tanker trucks drove in and out of ProPetroleum, picking up and leaving with tanks full of fuel.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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