Woman Narrowly Escapes Auto Refueling
Fire In Charlotte, NC
March 23, 2002
Linda Beaver thought March 23rd would
be like any other day. Get gasoline, go to work, etc. etc. Uneventful.
Was she ever wrong!
While Ms. Beaver was refueling her
2001 Nissan PathFinder she decided to get back in the car and put
her credit card away. As she went back to the gas nozzle to finish
refueling, she heard a loud "pop", saw a blue
arc, heard a "whoosh", and saw a big blue flame
jump off the area near her hand and nozzle.
She was lucky. She jumped back in fright.
She could not believe her eyes. Her car was on fire. What to do....what
There was a man refueling his car at
the same island. He heard her screams and looked to see the problem.
He told her to go inside and tell the attendant to turn the pumps
The gas station attendant turned off
the pumps and the fire went out by itself. No fire extinguisher
car was not severely damaged.
She did not do the main dangerous action
many people in this situation do - Pull the nozzle out. Her "jump
back panic action" and the man at the refueling island saved
her life. Maybe she was lucky or maybe he was a guardian angel..............