FIRES AT REFUELING SITES THAT APPEAR TO BE STATIC RELATED
March 21, 2006
Compiled and written by: Robert N. Renkes
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Petroleum Equipment Institute
P.O. Box 2380
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74101-2380
(918) 494-9696 (phone)
(918) 491-9895 (fax) email@example.com
following information lists the date, type of vehicle (if known) and a brief
description of the incident. These refueling fire incidents have been
categorized by the reported activity of the person refueling. The first group
are those where the refueler re-entered their vehicle and then touched the
nozzle during the refueling process. The second group are those that did not
re-enter the vehicle and/or touch the nozzle.
customer started fueling. She put it on automatic and returned to sit in
the car. The nozzle shut off. She topped off the tank. As she grabbed the
nozzle to remove it, a flash fire occurred.
fueling the car with the automatic nozzle set. She reentered the car
leaving the door open. She returned to the nozzle in order to stop the
pump at the amount she wanted. After shutting off the nozzle manually she
started to remove the nozzle; a fire started at the filler pipe of the
car. When the fire started she removed the nozzle and threw it to the
fueling. Returned to car to write a check. Returned to the fueling site to
stop fueling at $7.00. When she touched the nozzle, a flash fire followed.
shut off my engine before refueling my van. I got out of my van and began
fueling. I set the pump to operate automatically while I sat in my car for
a few minutes. While waiting in my car I called my husband on the cell
phone and shut the phone off. After the pump had a little over $10 worth
of gas, I grabbed a $20 bill and got out of the van to shut the gas off
and pay. I got out and proceeded to pull the nozzle out of my vehicle.
When I pulled the nozzle from my tank, a burst of flames shot out of my
tank with the nozzle on fire. I jammed the nozzle back into the tank and
ran from the vehicle.
was letting it fill up and I got out of the car to go to stop the gas and
when I reached down I felt a pop on my finger and I pulled back and the
flames came up.
Description of Incident
gets out of car to fuel. Returns to car. Dispenses $9 and gets out of car.
Shuts door. Touches nozzle. Fire. Driver goes into store. Latch still on.
Yanks the nozzle out to put out the fire. Gasoline comes out.
dispensing fuel, got back in van, left door open. Jumped out to stop
fueling and a static spark ignited the vapors as he reached for the
fueling. Got back in van. Got back out. Spark from hand to nozzle ignited
was wearing cotton gloves. Started fueling and sat back in car waiting for
nozzle to trip. Reached for nozzle after 11 gallons were dispensed. Flame
came out. Turned off nozzle and dropped it on the ground. Attendant put
out fire at fuel port.
Ford F150 Pickup
fueling, went back to car, turned on power to view fuel gauge, turned off
power. Left vehicle with door open. Touched nozzle and felt spark.
Ford F150 Pickup
on while refueling. Blocked nozzle open to “on” position with a rock.
Climbed back into vehicle. Gauge at ¾ full, reached for nozzle to stop
fuel flow, and saw flame shoot out from tank spout. Fire marshal said “a
static discharge occurred.”
sat in car while refueling. Turned key on to auxiliary. As the nozzle was
pulled out, saw a flame.
Buick Park Avenue
the nozzle open with the gas cap. Went into the car to talk to the
children. Heard tank filling to top, got out of car, reached for the
nozzle to turn off fuel flow. Sparking occurred at the nozzle-vehicle fill
Description of Incident
Buick station wagon
four gallons were dispensed, the driver opened the driver’s side door,
got in car and turned key to observe the gauge. She got out of the car,
leaving the door open. She touched the nozzle to put more gas in her car
and felt her hand getting hot. She looked down and saw fire coming from
the fill spout of the gas tank. She jerked back and pulled the nozzle out,
spraying some gasoline in (the door was open) and on the car. 7.28 gallons
nozzle in car. Returned to car. Went back to nozzle. Bent down behind
nozzle. Flash. Ran away but returned to car to remove nozzle.
blocked nozzle open with gasoline cap. Sat in driver’s seat with
driver’s side door open. Went back to nozzle as tank became full,
touched the nozzle and vapors ignited. Started to run away but returned to
remove nozzle and dropped it on the ground.
Olds Cutlass Supreme
fueling. Sat back in car to return gas card to purse. Returned to rear of
car to hold nozzle. Fire flared up as she reached for the nozzle.
in car. Latch-open device on. Punched in I.D.# on card system. Sat in car
with door open with one foot on the ground. Reached for nozzle to
disengage, and saw a spark, flash and flame from filler neck. Removed
nozzle and threw it down. Pushed car away.
Ford Crown Victoria
fueling. Sat back in car. Nozzle clicked off. Touched nozzle to remove it.
turned off ignition, turned on pump and began to refuel. She then opened
the driver’s side door and entered the car. Turned ignition switch to
“on” (engine off) and watched the gas gauge. Got out of car and
touched the nozzle to shut it off. Flames erupted.
Description of Incident
pulled up to an MPD, cleared the dispenser and placed the nozzle in the
fuel tank. He was going to put $5 in the vehicle so he reentered the
driver’s seat and closed the door while the fueling was in operation.
When the dispenser was at $4, he opened the door on the pickup, stepped
down to get out, and reached back to touch the nozzle. When he touched the
nozzle there was a flash fire.
put nozzle in fuel tank and began fueling. As he got back in the truck, he
touched the door and got a shock. He got out of the truck while it was
still pumping (he wanted $20), touched the nozzle and a fire resulted.
on accessory. Filled to $19 and nozzle clicked off. Got out of car,
touched the nozzle (never the car), and it flashed. Dropped nozzle on
gas. Set auto fill. Got in car to get keys. Reached for nozzle to top off
car and fire resulted. Car was almost full of gasoline.
started fueling and got back in car. Nozzle shut off. As she touched the
nozzle, she felt a shock and fire ensued.
drove in, started fueling, reentered car, got out of car, closed door,
touched nozzle with right hand. Flash.
fueling. Got back into vehicle. Got back out, reached for nozzle and a
spark jumped from hand to nozzle, igniting the vapors.
van on automatic. Driver reentered van to talk to a friend. Opened door
and doesn’t remember if she shut it. Touched nozzle—or got close to
it. Fire out fill neck. Turned off dispenser and ran to station to get
extinguisher to put out flames.
Description of Incident
Chrysler Town & Country LX
fueling and left latch-open device on. Returned to van to get money. Shut
door by grabbing window frame. Stood watching meter and touched nozzle.
Flame went up left hand and continued for at least a minute. Shot out like
got out of vehicle, engine running, nozzle inserted. Walked back to
vehicle to sit down. Left door open. Driver thought nozzle clicked off.
Got out of vehicle. Two inches from nozzle saw a spark.
off engine and exited vehicle, leaving door open. Removed nozzle from pump
and placed in tank. Re-entered car to place credit card into wallet.
Exited car to remove nozzle. Reached for nozzle. Entire nozzle was
engulfed in flames. Fire followed hose to the dispenser.
car. Sat in car as tank filled. Got out and reached for nozzle. Flash fire
occurred, burning car and area on the ground around it.
fueling. Returned to car to put credit card away. Got back out. As hand
got close to the pump, heard the fire ignite. Fire burned hair and
set auto nozzle latch open. Entered back seat to see about baby buckled in
car seat. While attempting to remove nozzle from tank blaze occurred at
nozzle in vehicle and set for self-fill. Returned to vehicle to write
check. While grabbing handle to remove nozzle, flames shot out and up the
side of car.
unscrewed gas cap and put nozzle into tank. Got back into vehicle to put
credit card away. Got out of vehicle and attempted to touch the nozzle.
Saw a large spark come out of the gas tank. When fire ignited it was a
huge burst of flames.
Description of Incident
GMC Safari Van
fueling. Got back into vehicle to write a check. Got back out to manually
finish pumping fuel. Left door open to hear two young children in vehicle.
As soon as I grabbed nozzle flames were all around me.
started fueling on auto-cut-off. During fueling at passenger side rear of
vehicle, he returned to driver’s side, entered car and returned without
closing door to fueling side. When he removed nozzle from tank a fire ball
got back into car to put something away. Got out to stop pump from
fueling. Driver felt a shock and a whoosh sound. Flames were coming out of
pumping gas. Got back into car because it was cold. Got out of car,
reached for handle and felt a buzz. Saw a spark and a fire ignited at the
entrance to the fuel line.
Chevy ½ ton
inside vehicle while fueling. Stepped out of truck and immediately grabbed
for handle to take out of tank. Fire shot out of gas tank.
fueling vehicle driver sat down in vehicle. When dispenser clicked off he
returned to dispensing nozzle. Driver grabbed nozzle, felt static go up
arm. Fire started coming out of fill hole by nozzle.
started fueling and returned to vehicle. After fueling, she pulled nozzle
out of car and fire started.
Description of Incident
entered store to prepay for fuel. Driver returned to vehicle, put nozzle
in tank and set auto-clip. She returned to vehicle, sat down in driver’s
seat and left door open. As she went to remove nozzle there was a flash.
put gas in van and returned to vehicle because it was cold. As she pulled
nozzle out, flames shot out of tank on to van, nozzle and ground.
began filling tank and then engaged hold-open clip. She returned to car to
put away debit card and then grabbed nozzle to disengage clip and continue
filling. Driver felt a static spark as she grabbed nozzle and heard
“whoosh” sound as fumes ignited.
pumped gas, sat in car because it was cold, touched nozzle to release
automatic and felt spark and saw flames.
paid clerk $20. Started nozzle pumping and got back into truck because it
was cold. She noticed pump had passed $20 and jumped out to grab nozzle to
stop gas. Vapors burst in a big fireball.
put nozzle in tank and set auto-fill. She returned to van to write a check
and get out of cold and wind. Driver reached down to remove nozzle, saw a
spark and fire came out of tank.
set nozzle to self-pump and returned to car. When fueling was complete
driver returned to pull nozzle from tank. Flash of fire occurred around
opening of gas tank.
was sitting in vehicle during the refueling process. When fueling was
complete, customer exited vehicle and returned to nozzle. Driver felt
shock when touching the pump. Truck caught fire.
Description of Incident
victim was with a friend and both were filling their vehicles at the same
time after a trip. He began filling his vehicle and walked to his friends
pickup at the next pump. He had agreed to pay for the gas in the pickup.
The owner of the pickup placed the nozzle in the fill opening located
behind the driver’s door. He then stepped back from the vehicle. The
victim stood in the open doorway of the driver’s side and reached in to
retrieve his wallet. He had his wallet in the palm of his left hand as he
placed his hand on the truck’s fabric seat cover. He then touched the
cab of the truck close to the fill opening. He heard a “whoosh” sound
as the fire occurred.
began fueling and returned to drivers seat. Automatic shutoff had not
occurred yet when he exited the vehicle. Reached for nozzle and static
discharge occurred. Vapors ignited.
started the fueling process and then got back inside the vehicle and sat
down in theseat. Driver then
got out of the vehicle and reached for the nozzle. Vapors around her
ignited, catching the vehicle on fire.
of a private fuel tank began fueling vehicle. Returned to front seat to
log mileage. Returned to rear of vehicle to remove nozzle. As owner
reached for the nozzle the gasoline fumes ignited totaling vehicle, tank,
stand, hose and nozzle.
started fueling process and returned to vehicle. Driver returned to
manually finish fueling vehicle. Fire started.
activated nozzle and used hold-open device. Returned to driver’s seat
with door open. Driver exited vehicle and touched nozzle. Felt shock on
hand and saw fire from nozzle.
left ignition turned to accessory, exited vehicle, inserted nozzle into
fill pipe and put gas cap in handle to keep gas flowing. Went to driver
position to watch gauge. Exited vehicle to return to fuel area. Flames
began fueling. Placed nozzle on automatic. Returned to car. Reached for
nozzle to stop fueling and fire erupted.
got into car after pumping gas. He returned when pump shut off and touched
the dispenser. A small fire erupted.
began fueling and then reentered vehicle front seat. Driver exited vehicle
and proceeded to rear of car. When she reached filler spout with hose in
it, she leaned over to listen to see if fuel was flowing into the fuel
tank. There was an instantaneous flash fire.
started pumping gas and went back inside the vehicle. Driver exited
vehicle and touched nozzle. Fire started.
started pumping gas and returned to vehicle. When pump showed almost $10
driver jumped out and grabbed nozzle. Spark
occurred and fire erupted from tank fill port.
1991 Subaru Legacy
Customer began filling car
with gas. Got back in car, got out and grabbed nozzle, felt shock and saw
1990 Cadillac Eldorado
Gasoline station attendant put hose in gas tank and
proceeded to fill the tank. Customer upset because cap was placed on top
of trunk of vintage Cadillac, got out of car to remove it and place it on
the door to the gas tank. When driver placed the cap on the door cover, he
felt a shock which produced flames at the fill
1994 Ford Escort Wagon
Customers niece started fueling vehicle. She got back into
car. When nozzle clicked off she got out of car and touched the nozzle.
She saw a spark and fire started.
1997 Buick LeSabre
Driver sat down in car while fueling vehicle. Driver then
touched nozzle while fuel was still dispensing. Fumes ignited.
1996 Dodge Gr. Caravan
Driver started fueling, got back in car, got
out, touched nozzle to remove. Flames.
1997 Chevy Van
The driver exited the car, began fueling and
returned to vehicle due to cold weather. Driver exited for the second time
and removed the gas nozzle after filling up. The spark from her hand to
the nozzle started the fire.
1996 Chevy Pickup
Driver inserted hose to begin fueling. Driver
returned to sit on seat with door open and legs resting on running boards.
When gauge approached full, driver stepped out and attempted to pull
nozzle out. Static popped off fingers and a ring of flames formed around
2000 Nissan Pathfinder
Driver fueling car. Returned to vehicle
because it was cold. When fueling was finished driver exited car and
touched nozzle. Nozzle sparked and a fire ball occurred.
2003 Ford Expedition
Driver started fueling, got back in vehicle,
got out to remove nozzle, flash fire occurred.
While driver inside vehicle, the nozzle
overflowed. Driver tried to grab the handle and flames shot out.
1998 Ford Ranger
Driver started fueling process and returned
to car to wait while the vehicle fueled. When driver returned and
attempted to reach the nozzle she felt a charge from her palm and saw an
1996 Chevy Pickup
Driver exited vehicle to start fueling.
Driver returned to truck to sit down. When fuel reached $29, driver got
out, touched the nozzle and saw fire.
1994 Honda Civic
Driver inserted nozzle to fuel car and
returned to car to wait for fueling. After fueling completed, driver
exited car and touched handle of pump. After flame occurred driver removed
handle and ran to station to report fire.
Driver exited vehicle, removed gas cap and
put nozzle in fuel port to begin fueling. Driver got back into vehicle and
sat down. Driver then exited vehicle and attempted to remove the nozzle.
As soon as driver touched the nozzle, flames erupted.
1996 Isuzu Trooper
Driver placed nozzle into vehicle and
returned to the car to sit with 5-year old son. As fuel approached the $30
mark, driver slid out of the car and reached for the nozzle. Driver saw a
spark leap from her hand to the nozzle, which ignited in flames.
A lady was fueling her car. She opened the
door to put her purse back inside her vehicle. When she returned, the pump
53 Fires Reported to PEI Where Refueler Did Not Reenter the Vehicle and/or Touch
the Nozzle During Refueling
Description of Incident
got in car and saw flames shooting out of the filler neck.
was chilly that morning and the driver got out of his truck and put on a
nylon jacket. He held the nozzle and fire traveled up the driver’s arm.
began fueling, returned to inside of the car, got out of the car and flash
occurred as she approached the right quarter panel. She never touched the
nozzle. This is on video.
Ford Bronco II
was standing between the pump and vehicle when he noticed flames at eye
½ gallons were dispensed.
fueling, got back into vehicle, saw dispenser was near amount she wanted
to purchase, jumped out of vehicle to shut off the nozzle and said, “It
is on fire.”
was sitting in her vehicle when the nozzle shut off and the fire occurred.
She saw it in her rear view mirror.
Dodge Ram Pick-up Truck
nozzle, attached to aboveground storage tank, in fuel port of car and
started fueling. Went into the shop to consult colleague. Noticed smoke
and then a fire. No sign of spilled fuel.
the lid to her gas tank before getting out of the car, then walked over to
fill port and flipped the lid open with her key. The gas cap was never
opened. Flames engulfed her car.
began to fuel at #4 dispenser and fire erupted. Customer pulled back, put
nozzle away, and went into store. Clerk hit E-Stop. Fire went out.
Description of Incident
fueling and set the hold-open latch. Returned to cab to check purse for
money. Remained outside the vehicle. Returned to fillport
and shut off nozzle. Noticed flames as soon as the nozzle was released.
Ford 70 passenger school bus
pulled up beside dispenser, driver turned dispenser on and as soon as
nozzle was opened, flash occurred.
Ford Expedition SUV
nozzle. Started pump. One hand on vehicle and one on nozzle. Looked at
dispenser. Arm holding nozzle got warm. 3 to 5 foot flame.
truck off. Nozzle in truck. Got inside vehicle and put on accessory to
listen to radio. Dispensed $6 and saw fire coming from side of truck.
customer removed the gas cap and the fumes ignited.
son went from the rider’s side of the car, opened the fuel door, and
unscrewed the cap. Took the nozzle from the dispenser and put it in car.
Before dispensing began, flames shot out like a dragon shooting out fire.
or 2000 Honda CRV
woman was in the process of refueling her Honda CRV. She put $10 in when a
put the nozzle in tank, clicked it to pump itself, and sat back down in
van. I stepped out of my van and turned toward the nozzle and there was
fire coming out of the end of the nozzle and flames were shooting over the
top of the van. I never touched the nozzle the second time before the
got out of car and touched gas cap. Explosion and fire.
Description of Incident
with hold-open clip on. During the process, she was petting her small dog
which had just returned from groomers. Put dog down, touched nozzle and
fueling, heard popping sound and fire started coming out of nozzle.
Toyota Sienna Van
fueling vehicle. Driver cleaned windows then reached for nozzle to take
off automatic. Fire started.
noticed static shock when getting out of car. When he removed gas cap,
flames shot out.
year old girl began to fuel car. Got back in and sat down. Got out and
shut door. Stood against car watching the dispenser. Grabbed the nozzle.
It was too hot to hold. Dropped nozzle and gasoline spilled. Caught fire
and burned the car.
set auto-fill on nozzle. Started to get back in vehicle and flames
was pumping fuel, heard spark and flames appeared.
removal of gas cap, fire shot out.
opened fuel door, turned gas cap and a flash fire occurred.
gas cap prior to going in to pay. Driver leaned against car while fueling.
Fire started after 10 gallons were pumped.
ignited while pumping fuel.
from fuel port. When nozzle was pulled out fuel went everywhere and caught
turned off the motor. While removing the gas cap, a flame of fire burst
out of tank.
Description of Incident
reached for gas cap when static spark jumped from finger to area around
gas cap. Small flame ignited around gas cap.
got out of van and turned gas cap ¼ to ½ turn. Flames shot out around
filled up car. While driving away, noticed gas cap still lying on seat of
car. Stopped car, got out to put cap back on. Gas tank erupted in fire.
pulled up to pump, pulled the lever inside the vehicle that opens the lid
and got out of the vehicle. Driver quickly untwisted the plastic gas cap,
heard air rush out, and placed the plastic cap in the inside lid holder.
Fire ignited from the car.
exited vehicle and unscrewed gas cap. Fire 4 inches high started around
got out of car. Vapors ignited when gas cap was removed.
driver unscrewed the gas cap fire flashedflames about a foot.
Honda Civic EX
turned the gas cap to begin fueling and saw a flame.
got out of vehicle and removed gas cap to begin fueling. He was standing
between pump and vehicle with right hand near nozzle when flames shot up
from fuel port.
occurred when customer removed fuel cap.
pumping gasoline and heard a sound like a strong wind. Flames were coming
from gas tank.
placing nozzle in the fuel fill port and locking it in the open position,
driver opened driver’s door to get in due to cold weather. While exiting
the vehicle he noticed a small fire around fuel intake port and nozzle.
1990 Honda Accord
Driver proceeded to twist off gas cap. Fire came shooting
out and stayed lit until put out with a fire extinguisher.
2000 Honda Civic
Driver was unscrewing gas cap 1/4 turn. Small
blue flame came out from around the cap.
Driver exited the vehicle and observed fire
at the gas filler to the gas tank. Driver did not touch the nozzle.
Continuity was verified on the dispensing equipment.
Fueled car. Fire occurred as pump handle was
removed from car. Flames shot out.
Driver exited car and opened door to fill
pipe. As she removed gas cap a fire four to five feet erupted.
Driver felt a small shock when removing the
gas cap. Flames started coming out of the refueling hole. Flames shot out
about 8 inches.
Lifted nozzle to check for flow. The tank was near empty.
Vapors rising from the tank. Flash fire occurred.
93 Mazda Protege
Driver backed up to the pump. Turned off ignition. Popped
gas tank lever and got out of the car. Turned the gas tank lid 1/4 turn.
Fire blazed out of tank.
Came out of station. Fire started out the side of my car.
When I pulled the nozzle out, it sprayed gas all over the car.
(34) Vehicle Owner’s Questionnaires (VOQs) from the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration’s database contained enough pertinent information to be
included in this compilation. Seventeen (17) VOQs described fires that occurred
before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling
began. Although technically not a refueling fire, they are included because they
describe fires that occurred during the first step of the refueling process.
Descriptions of events leading up to the 17 fires are included under the sheet
entitled NHTSA’S GAS CAP FIRES.
other 17 fires described in the VOQs are all refueling fires and appear to have
fact patterns similar to those received by PEI. We have not been able to verify
that the cause(s) of these 17 fires were not due to smoking, an engine on, or
lack of electrical continuity between the nozzle and dispenser. This is because
incomplete information was contained in the VOQs and we were unable to contact
the victims to "fill in the blanks," since the VOQs do not identify
those who submitted the reports. Descriptions of the fire events can be found
under the sheet entitled NHTSA’S 17 OTHER REFUELING FIRES. The reader of this
report can decide the relative value of this information to the overall study.
GAS CAP FIRES
was going to put gas in and as I was taking the gas cap off flames were
coming out from under the gas cap. They were orange and blue.
to put gas in vehicle, gas tank seemed to result in a combustion, and
flames came out of tank. No fuel leak.
took gas cap off, heard a hissing sound and a few seconds later there were
flames shooting out of the vehicle.
the gas cap and flames shot out from tank.
turning the gas cap, the gas tank opening ignited. The cap had only been
turned slightly before it ignited.
were coming out of the fuel tank when the cap was removed.
taking the gas cap off of the fuel tank, flames were coming out of the
tank around the filler neck.
took gas cap off to get gas and flames shot out of truck. Fire department
said it was a short in the fuel pump.
full. Fire inside the tank when the cap was removed.
turned the gas cap to remove it before filling the car, flames shot out of
the gas tank (full description provided).
Toyota Previa Truck
gas cap to fill, flames burst out of gas tank.
opening fuel filler tank cap, a flame shot out from it.
Toyota Truck Land Cruiser
unscrewing the gas cap to pump gas, the gas tank burst into flames at a
took the gas cap off to fill up, noticed a fire in the gas tank and in an
instant, flames shot out (full description provided).
Isuzu Trooper Truck
removing pressure vacuum relief filler cap, flames spewed out of the
unscrewing pressure vacuum filler cap, flames spewed from filler neck for
removing the gas cap at the gas station, a flame shot out of the tank
after one turn of the cap.
fueling gas tank, flames/fire suddenly appear from gas tank hole. Static
discharge caused gas flames to ignite from gas tank, resulting in a fire.
was filling the vehicle with fuel and there was some type of electrical
static and the vehicle caught fire around the filler neck.
fueling. Went back into car to get money. During that time the automatic
nozzle clicked off. Went to pump more and it sparked between the nozzle
and her hand.
filling the fuel tank, a fire erupted due to the fumes coming from the
tank, possibly from static electricity. The Dodge distributor suggested I
let them install a ground strap on the fuel filler neck of the fuel tank.
I stopped at a gas station and attempted to fill up with gas, my jacket
sleeve caught on fire from flames coming out from the tank.
around opening of gas tank.
into gas station, filled tank, as hand touched pump nozzle fuel tank burst
filling gas tank the check engine light is on, vehicle caught fire in fuel
tank, which caused injuries.
Dodge Caravan Truck
ignited inside or outside of tank while filling tank; flames started
shooting out of gas tank, gas nozzle caught fire, thrown to ground, ground
started to fill up at the pump. I saw a flash as I put the tip of the gas
hose into the opening of the tank. Not a second later, flames came from
out of the tank. I immediately removed the hose from the tank, even though
the tip of the hose still had flames in it. Pulling the hose out as fast
as I could, gas spilled on the ground near the van and other pumps, and
caught the ground on fire.
filling the vehicle with fuel and removing the nozzle, the vehicle caught
on fire around the filler neck.
filling the van with fuel, it caught fire and burned.
occurred at gas nozzle, which was 3-5 seconds into the fueling process.
refueling vehicle at the fuel filler pipe neck, a spark occurred, causing
tank filler pipe caught fire when filling up the tank.
refueling with the engine off, a flame shot out of the gas tank.
Ford F150 Truck
experienced a fire while consumer’s son was filling the fuel tank at a
gas station. Local fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. Fire
Department informed consumer that static electricity may have been cause