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May 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Blaze erupts when car strikes gas pump on Seattle’s First Hill

A car ran into a gas pump at james Street and Terry avenue late this morning (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

A car ran into a gas pump at a service station at  James Street and Terry Avenue in Seattle late this morning, causing a fire that was quickly put out by firefighters. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Firefighters quickly doused a fire that erupted this morning when a car struck a gas pump at a First Hill service station, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

The driver said he was driving west on James Street around 9:15 a.m. when another vehicle cut him off, causing him to drive onto the sidewalk, through some bushes and into the 76 station, where he struck a gas pump, Seattle police said.

Responding firefighters saw heavy black smoke and flames about eight feet high coming from the car, which had sheared off the gas pump from its base, according to the Fire Department. The driver of the car managed to escape through a passenger door and was uninjured.

A second car that was parked nearby sustained smoke and heat damage.

After noticing the flames, the clerk at the gas station hit the emergency fuel shut-off valve, preventing more fuel from igniting, the Fire Department said. The clerk then sprayed the fire with dry-chemical extinguishers before firefighters arrived and put out the fire.

Police are investigating the accident.

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