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Man's Car Catches Fire At Kentucky Gas Station


December 8, 2009

Versailles, Ky. -- A routine trip to fill up his gas tank turned into an emergency when a man's car caught fire while he was pumping gas.

Surveillance video from the gas station showed the driver of a tan car pulling in to get gas. While filling up, the driver talked on his cell phone and got in and out of his vehicle multiple times. Suddenly, near the gas nozzle, flames erupted.

Police said static electricity generated by the man getting in and out of his car likely sparked the fire.

"The fumes from the gas where it was being pumped into the car were ignited by a source of ignition: some kind of spark or something," said Versailles Deputy Fire Chief Winfrey Adkins. Fire crews got the fire under control within ten minutes.

Fire officials said it is never a good idea to get gas while on a cell phone or while a car is running.

No injuries were reported.


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