Surveillance video from the gas station
showed the car entering the gas station lot and pulling up to the
pumps. The BP Station was closed, but the pumps were left on for
credit and debit card purchases.
The gas station was unmanned at the
time. David was alone as he refuled his car.
This type of gas station allows customers
to use their credit card at all hours regardless of where an attendant
is present or not.
NFPA 30A allows for such gas stations
under specific conditions. However, more and more lately, convience
stores have begun to just leave the pumps on so they can be used
at all hours. This was not intended by the codes. In fact this is
a dangerous practice. As far back as 1957 fire codes when confronted
by the spreading self service station fad, made it clear that self
service was to be only allowed where the refueling was monitored
by a store employee. This practice of just leaving the pumps on
at night needs review by local and national regulators.
How to avoid this tragedy?
That is more simple than you can imagine. Please read some of our
articles from past incidents on our Fire Stories Page:
Smart at the Pump