Pump Fire Claims Life of North Carolina Woman
September 7, 2005
A routine trip to fill-up their pick-up
truck with gas turned deadly for a North Carolina couple
Lois Minor, of Cherry Grove, lost a battle
for her life, less than 24 hours after she suffered severe
burns in a gas pump fire.
Cherry Grove Volunteer Fire Department
received the emergency call at 12:14 p.m. Captain Blane
Ward, was the first to arrive at the Camp Springs Pure
Station on Cherry Grove Road.
"I've been a firefighter for over
thirty-one years and I've never seen anything like it,"
Ward said of what he referred to as a "flashfire."
The husband of the victim, Roy Minor,
had just began filling his pick-up truck with gasoline
from one of the pumps at the station when a small explosion
blew him away from the vehicle.
The cab of Minor's truck was instantly
engulfed in flames. His wife was in the passenger seat
at the time.
"It was so quick," the station's
owner, Teddy Smith said. Smith immediately hit the emergency
shut-off switch for the pumps and grabbed a fire extinguisher.
He and a Lance sales associate managed
to undo Lois Minor's seatbelt and pull her from the burning
The flames from the vehicle spread to
the awning over the pumps, but firefighters managed to
contain and extinguish the fire before it spread any farther.
The awning suffered minor damage, but the store itself
was spared from the flames and only had minimal smoke
Mrs. Minor suffered severe burns and was
airlifted to the University of North Carolina Hospital
in Chapel Hill. Her husband, was treated at the scene
for burns to his face and hand and followed his wife to
the hospital by car.
Mrs. Minor passed away early Friday morning
at UNC Hospital.
Captain Ward explained that the exact
cause of the fire is unknown but stated that even static
electricity could cause a fire when gasoline vapors were
The Camp Springs Pure Station was open
for customers later that afternoon.