On Sunday, July 23 at approximately 6:23 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported gas pump fire in the 8500 block of Richmond Highway in the Mount Vernon section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and found a car and gas pump engulfed in flames. The driver had safely evacuated the vehicle prior to fire department arrival. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.
Fire Investigators determined that the driver was pulling up to the gas pump to fuel up her vehicle. The individual tried to stop the vehicle when she accidentally stepped on the accelerator and knocked the fuel pump over. The vehicle’s impact with the fuel pump ignited the fire.
There were no firefighter injuries. The driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $50,000.
Video below courtesy of Virginia Delegate Paul Krizek.