EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — Jolted from bed by a thunderous explosion, John Malone grabbed his pants and looked out the window to see a flaming river of fuel flowing toward his apartment from an overturned tanker truck.

"I just grabbed my girlfriend and her aunt and ran," said the 28-year-old machinist.

Malone was not hurt, and safety officials were surprised and grateful that no one else was either after the accident early Wednesday that spilled 9,400 gallons of burning fuel into a sleeping community.

Witnesses said a 10-foot wall of flame flowed through the neighborhood below a rotary where the tanker flipped, blowing up cars and destroying two triple-deckers, including Malone's.