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Man suffers burns when pants, vehicle catch fire at East Tennessee gas station

Chattanooga Times Free Press • Nov 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

CHATTANOOGA — Chattanooga fire investigators are trying to determine how a man and his vehicle caught fire while pumping gas Monday afternoon at a Brainerd gas station.

The incident occurred just after 5 p.m. at the Murphy USA gas station on 310 Greenway View Drive. A 32-year-old man was pumping gas into his vehicle when a fire erupted, catching his pants on fire, as well as part of his automobile, according to Battalion Chief Charles Patton.

The fire was extinguished on the scene by good Samaritans who grabbed portable fire extinguishers and put out the quick blaze. Patton said the fire was completely out when firefighters arrived on the scene.

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