Electricity Blamed for Utah Gas Pump Fire
October 19, 2004
A Springfield, Utah mother and her 5-year-old son are
lucky to be alive after the SUV Trooper she was filling
up with gas caught fire and burned.
The woman stopped at a local service station, May 18,
shortly after 8 a.m. and began to pump gas into her SUV.
While the gas was pumping, the woman went back and sat
down in the front seat and began talking to her young
son, who was buckled up in the back seat.
As the woman was exiting her vehicle,
she noticed an electric charge. After she saw the spark,
she said she got out to pull the nozzle out of the SUV's
gas tank, and that's when the fire started.
Springfield fire chief, Phil Whitney said
that : “She stated that when she pulled the nozzle out
that she saw the little fire start."
Witnesses rushed to rescue her son, still
inside the SUV and called 911. By the time the police
arrived at the station, heavy smoke was billowing from
the burning vehicle.
The fire chief said that getting in and
out of the vehicle may have built up static.
Whitney, gave this advise : "Stay
out of the car and stay there by the pump, and when you
get done either touch the car or the pump to discharge
any static electricity."
The melted and charred Isuzu Trooper was
hardly recognizable after the fire.
The boy suffered second degree burns on
his leg but is recovering well. The mother was not injured