Bashed gas pump starts fire

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 22, 2011

By Nathan Hardin
Salisbury firefighters responded to a fire at a gas station Thursday afternoon after an SUV backed into a gas pump, catching both on fire.
According to Salisbury Police, Jacqueline Davis was “going a little too fast” in the BP station parking lot at 601 Jake Alexander Blvd., when she slammed the white Ford Expedition she was driving into a gas pump, catching the pump and gas cap area of the vehicle on fire.
Firefighters said they were able to quickly put the fire out with an extinguisher and that once the pump was struck, a release valve shut off the gas line. Firefighters said the only gas that was burning at the scene was the amount still in the gas hoses.
No one was reported injured. The vehicle appeared to have sustained some damage around the left taillight and gas cap area.
Davis was cited for an unsafe movement violation, Salisbury Police said.
Davis declined to comment on the scene. Employees at the BP Station also declined to comment.