stylist's hair catches fire at gas pump
December 5, 2003
ALBANY, Ga. -- A hair stylist was pumping
gas into her car when her hair burst into flames.
``That scared me to death,'' said stylist
The fire was probably caused by static
electricity from Marshall's hair rubbing against her clothes,
said her husband, Camilla firefighter Lt. Bill Marshall.
The static electricity apparently mixed
with gas fumes and ignited the fire Sunday.
``I started beating my hair to get out
the fire and saw flames coming out of the gas tank,''
she said. A man with a fire extinguisher put out the blaze.
Traci Marshall had to cut her hair and
get her truck repaired.
Bill Marshall advised people to ground
themselves before pumping gas by touching the metal of
their cars. ``Once you get out of your vehicle, don't
get back into the vehicle until you are through,'' he
Officials also remind people to turn off
cell phones and pagers when pumping gas because those
devices can also spark explosions.