Quick action by citizens and county emergency response personnel adverted what could have been a much worse situation on Monday night.
East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Darling said that his firefighters responded to a 911 call at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday night, February 6th, with a report that there was a fire at the Circle K gas station on State Road 156 near the Markland Dam.
Darling said that the driver of a van had pulled into the station to get gas, but then saw smoke coming from his vehicle. The driver attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, but when it became too big to contain that way, he sprayed the face plate of the gas pump to provide it with protection; and called 911.
“It appears that the fire started in the engine compartment of the van, but to nail down exactly what happened is pretty hard to say, because it was pretty well burnt up,” Darling said.
Firefighters responded quickly and got the matter under control; with the van being a total loss, but the only damage to the gas pump was the face plate and some smoke damage to the awning. Thankfully, the fire did not spread to the tanks, which would have been a much more serious situation.
Also responding to the scene were members of Switzerland County Emergency Response and the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department. Emergency workers were on the scene until approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.