woman escapes injury while
January 30, 2004
Madison, Miss.-- A Jackson County woman
had just finished filling up her car with gas and placed
the nozzle back on the pump when a blaze of fire erupted.
The unidentified woman, stopped to refuel
her car at the Chevron station at Highway 51 and Hoy Road
around 3 p.m.. The fire quickly grew out of control and
swept through the gas station. No one was hurt in the
The fire chief said the fire got so hot,
the concrete cracked around the burning pump.
"It indicates to us that the fuel
ran out here, it ignited and caused the very surface layer
of the concrete to pop loose," said Madison Fire
Chief Thomas Lariviere. "She could have been burned
very seriously. (That happens) many times when you have
a fuel pump fire. (People can) even sometimes be killed."
Fire officials said an emergency fuel
shut-off stopped the flow of gas when the fire started.
The cause of the fire has not been determined,
but static electricity that builds around people in cold
weather could have played a role, a spokesman for the
Madison Fire Department said.