Mo-ped catches gas pump on fire

Mo-ped catches gas pump on fire

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by Jamie Grey and KTVB.COM

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Posted on April 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 8:00 AM

BOISE -- Police are investigating after a fire at a gas station Saturday morning.

It happened at the Shell station on the southwest corner of Capitol Blvd and Myrtle St. at about 11:45 a.m.

According to witnesses, a mo-ped stopped at the gas station adjacent a single gas pump caught fire, igniting the fuel pump.

"There was a white mo-ped next to us and we didn't really pay much attention to it, but we saw the owner of it kind of walking around, kind of in shock," said Mike McHugh, who stopped with his wife for gas at the service station.

McHugh said he saw a small flame on the mo-ped and asked if the man needed help.
 
"Then it went 'Whoosh!' and just caught flame," he said. "And the lady that worked there ran out screaming, 'Call 911!'"

The first arriving firefighters found flames from the pump rising 15 feet into the air. Store employees had already evacuated the store and cut the fuel to the gas pump. All gas pumps have an emergency shut off to prevent the fumes from feeding back into the ground storage tanks.
  
According to Boise Fire Battalion Chief Tom Pawek, it took firefighters about 15 minutes to knock the flames down and get the fire controlled. Boise Police blocked lanes of traffic at the busy intersection to allow for firefighting operations.

No one was hurt.

"At this point, it's under investigation, trying to figure out what the actual cause was," Pawek said.

The cost of damages is also unknown.

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