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  Incident Title
  Static Electricity May Have Caused Fire At Gas Pump     
  Location Date of Incident
  Bristow, OK, United States 2/16/2002
  CSB Incident Number NRC Report Number Board Ref. Number
  2002-5436 None Reported None Reported
  Current Status Date of Report Update
  No CSB Action 2/22/2002 - 9:45 AM
  Incident Types Location Types
  - Explosion
- Fire
Fixed Facility
  Evacuations Injuries Fatalities
  None 1 None
  Chemicals Involved
  - Gasoline
  Description or Latest Development
Information Added: Friday, February 22, 2002 - 9:30 AM
Static electricity might have sparked a fire at a gas pump that severely injured a Bristow woman, investigators said.

Lydia Cloud, 45, was recovering from severe burns over 10 percent of her body Thursday (2/21/2002) after the fire Saturday at Ma and Pa Grocery and gas station. She was filling up her pickup truck when the blaze started, destroying the gas pump and her vehicle.

State Fire Marshal's Office spokesman Rich Cooper and Bristow Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Tunnell believe static electricity may have started the fire. A spark could have ignited when the pump nozzle hit the insertion tube, they said. The official cause of the explosion remains undetermined, Cooper said.

``This was some kind of freak thing that they are really scratching their heads over,'' he said. Static electricity may have contributed to a fuel ignition that resulted in the fatal burning of a Broken Arrow woman who was filling up her car six years ago in Sand Springs.

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  • 02-21-02 1006EST 

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