Motorist sets lighter to spider at gas station, burns pump

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Man sets fire to gas station trying to kill spider.

CENTER LINE, Mich. — A man with an apparent case of arachnophobia caused a fire at a suburban Detroit gas pump by putting a lighter to what he says was a spider near his fuel door. The motorist can be heard on the surveillance video at the Center Line station asking: “Is that a spider in there?” The video then shows flames erupting along the car’s side, the pump and the pavement. As Adams hit the emergency pump shut-off and called the fire department, the man pulled his vehicle out-of-the-way but he didn’t run from the melee he just caused, he sprung into action. “He grabbed the fire extinguisher, because the lady had me on hold, so he grabbed the fire extinguisher and put it out,” Adams told WWJ’s Laura Bonnell.

But when Adams tried to find out what happened, the man wasn’t exactly truthful. “It shocked me because it was like, ‘So how did it catch on fire,’” said Adams. “And when I asked him after everything was done I’m like ‘Well, I know you wasn’t smoking and you wasn’t on the phone.’ So he’s like, ‘Well I have static in my car.’ So, I took it as that because when you have static you’re supposed to get out the car and wipe your hands on your car.” “I didn’t find out until later that he seen a spider and tried to burn it,” said Adams. “Which, the spider did get burned but nothing happened to his car.” One of the gas pumps was badly damaged but insurance is expected to cover the cost of repairs.

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