Jacksonville Fire Dept. offers gasoline safety tips in wake of recent pump fire

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A Lamborghini and an SUV caught on fire this past weekend in Jacksonville at a Walmart gas station. 

Jacksonville Police say the driver of the Lamborghini was pumping gas when some spilled causing the fire. 

No injuries were reported but officials are stressing the importance of safety when refueling. 

Here are some tips offered by the Jacksonville Fire Department: 

– Always remember to turn off your vehicle and stay off your phone while pumping gas. 

– Don’t smoke near the gas pumps or propane tanks. 

– Avoid overfilling your vehicle tanks which can lead to spills. 

– Don’t get into your vehicle while pumping gas. Officials say the static electricity can start a fire. 

The fire department says these situations are rare. 

“They’re not common at all. That’s the first time, I’ve been here for 19 years that we’ve had a call like that in the area,” said Amy Porcopio, Battalion Chief at the Jacksonville Fire Department. 

Emergency shutoffs are located on the outside of gas stations. Porcopio said Saturday’s situation was tamed due to the actions of a worker. 

“The gas attendant did shut off the gas so by the time we got there it was already taken care of. So they were proactive and had training beforehand,” said Porcopio. 

Saturday’s investigation is ongoing. 

Walmart officials say there is no word yet on when the gas station on Western Blvd. in Jacksonville will reopen. 

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