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Old 10-26-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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When I was at Costco getting gas today, a large van caught on fire while they were getting gas. It was just two vehicles ahead of me. The car ahead of me, right by the van, and I, backed out of there in a hurry and black smoke was pouring out before we even got to the street. I saw the attendant going toward the van with a small fire extinguisher like we have in homes. I went over in the parking lot near the store and stood there with others watching from a safe distance. It seemed to take forever for the fire truck to get there and there was a wall of fire by then. I was very shaken by this and am not sure I will dare to buy gas there again. It's a very congested crowded place and someone could get trapped in the middle. I hope no one was hurt. The whole thing was totally in flames in such a short time. I had never seen this happen before in many decades of driving and getting gas. Very scary

I've never seen anything like that either...knock on wood! That has to be a scary thing. I wonder what caused it. Hopefully not someone smoking!

 
Old 10-26-2018, 09:45 AM
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Location: Western Colorado
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I've seen that before, someone smoking a cigarette while pumping gas. Gas vapors ignite fast, then the guy pulled the nozzle out of the tank while it was running which spewed gas everywhere. Someone had the sense to hit the emergency shutoff button. Wasn't a pretty sight.


If you are in a situation like that, get out of your car and RUN. Backing out fast was smart. Glad you were not injured.
 
Old 10-26-2018, 10:27 AM
 
Location: La Jolla
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Really scary about the fire at the gas pump. My Costco gas station is so busy it would be impossible to back out. How can people be so stupid to smoke near gas fumes!
 
Old 10-26-2018, 12:35 PM
 
Location: SW US
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Wow that is scary and I know what you mean about potentially getting trapped in line at Costco. If you ever find out what caused the fire please share. Gotta wonder if it was the driver operator or a pump malfunction. Possibly a person smoking while pumping, would love to know.

When the smoke first started, I thought it was exhaust from a car in front of the van that I couldn't see. Then there was way too much smoke. A guy watching with me near the store told me that the fire had started under the hood. I don't think the woman filling the van was smoking. If she had been, I would have gone to another lane. I can't remember if she had finished filling the tank and started her car, or if it just caught fire by itself.
 
Old 10-26-2018, 05:40 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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Looked at a rental house today. After listening to a barrage of Arkansas jokes from the property owner, I declined.


...and so it goes.
 
Old 10-26-2018, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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What was wrong with the house? Besides Mr. Not-So-Funny?
 
Old 10-26-2018, 08:40 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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What was wrong with the house? Besides Mr. Not-So-Funny?

Nothing, but I'm not going to tolerate being the ridicule of stupid jokes. Been there, not again.
 
Old 10-27-2018, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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Originally Posted by Windwalker2 View Post
When I was at Costco getting gas today, a large van caught on fire while they were getting gas. It was just two vehicles ahead of me.
Ohhh, that is scary! Glad you got out ok. Getting gas at Costco is always kind of a pain, but that takes the cake!
 
Old 10-27-2018, 05:10 PM
 
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Nothing, but I'm not going to tolerate being the ridicule of stupid jokes. Been there, not again.
Jim, I agree. Life is too short and you do not deserve to be subjected to that kind of talk. There is a better place that is around the bend....
 
Old 10-27-2018, 05:11 PM
 
Location: SW US
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Ohhh, that is scary! Glad you got out ok. Getting gas at Costco is always kind of a pain, but that takes the cake!

I called Costco today and they said it was a mechanical problem with the van and nothing to do with their pumps.
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