(skip this header)

Fairfield Citizen

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

fairfieldcitizenonline.com Businesses

« Back to Article

Fire-suppression system triggered at Black Rock Turnpike gas station

Fairfield Citizen-News
Updated 12:13 pm, Wednesday, September 14, 2011

nextprevious

  • Fairfield firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to an incident on Tuesday, September 14, 2011 at the Shell station on Black Rock Turnpike. The fire compression system went off, leaving cars covered in foam, but no one was injured. Photo: Tom Cleary
    Fairfield firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to an incident on Tuesday, September 14, 2011 at the Shell station on Black Rock Turnpike. The fire compression system went off, leaving cars covered in foam, but no one was injured. Photo: Tom Cleary

 

Larger | Smaller
Email This
Font
Page 1 of 1

Customers fueling up at the Shell gas station on Black Rock Turnpike were startled Wednesday morning when the sensor on the fire-suppression system above the gas pumps was triggered, unleashing a shower of powder.

There were no injuries.

The white, fire-suppressant chemicals sprayed onto a Shell tanker truck, a mini-van and pickup truck, as well as coating the gas pumps and ground.

"It was like snow," said Steve Norris, who was working at a nearby store. Witnesses said the foam spray was startling.

The gas station and its convenience store were both closed at 11 a.m., but expected to reopen later in the day -- pending permission from a health inspector.

Firefighters from Engine 2 and Ladder 7 were dispatched to the scene. Employees and customers were examined by EMTs, but none were hospitalized.

Officials from Shell and Standard Oil, the owners of the tanker filling up the gas tanks at the time of the incident, also came to the scene to investigate.