Fire starts at Opp gas station
The Andalusia Star-News
A Tuesday afternoon fire at Mr. Henry's
on U.S. 331 in Opp injured one man, destroyed his car and disintegrated
a fuel dispenser.
The fire started about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
and the exact cause of the fire has not been determined.
Opp Police officials said they planned
no criminal investigation of the fire but believed the driver of
the car may have left the vehicle running while he was pumping gas.
Shane Lord, of Morgan Distributing
Co., said the fire completely destroyed one fuel dispenser, melted
more than half of the canopy over the pumps and melted parts of
Lord said he did not know how the fire
started but said, "It was a freak thing."
Lord said a fire such as this had never
happened at any of the gas dispensers owned by Morgan Distributing
There are signs on the dispenser that
warn people to turn off their engines and also signs that warn against
smoking while dispensing fuel.
Jeffery Morrison of the Opp Fire Department
said there are any number of ways a fire can start at a gas pump.
Static electricity from a running car,
an overflowing gas tank or sparks from a backfire could start a
fire at a gas pump.
Morrison said he had never responded
to a fire like this since he had been a fireman in Opp.
Morrison said although the exact cause
of the fire is unknown, "It is a good idea to turn off your engine
while filling up."