Drop light sparks gas station fire

Crews on scene of a fire at a gas station on Hope Street. (Submitted via ReportIt! by Tom)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Quick action by employees at a Providence gas station may have kept a potentially explosive situation from getting out of control.

Flames broke out at the Hope St. CITGO in Providence just before 11 a.m. Friday.

Manager Alain Edouard said two mechanics inside Jerry’s Services Auto Shop were changing out a car’s fuel pump when a drop light fell to the ground and sparked a fire.

“We tried to use the extinguisher to put it out first, and it didn’t work,” said Edouard, adding that he and his workers then followed protocol. “The owner told us about that before, prepped us on it, so that we know already that if it’s bad enough, just walk out.”

However, before leaving the service station, the crew called for help and shut off the gas station pumps, to avoid a possible explosion.

Edouard said the garage has been a staple in the Providence community for a half century and watching it destroyed by fire was tough.

“It’s lucky we made it out safe. That’s the most important thing, getting out of there safely, everything else is just material.

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