A quick response by the Grenada Fire Department last Saturday afternoon may have prevented a major catastrophe at a local gas station.
A car fire broke out near several gas pumps just before 1 p.m. at the Blue Sky Exxon sending motorists and customers into a frenzy. Quick action by GFD firefighters prevented considerable damage and injuries.
Cheryl Guillory of Slidell, La., had just pulled off Interstate 55 South to refuel her vehicle when she saw smoke coming from a car near a pump.
“When I saw that, I knew it wasn’t going to be good,” Guillory said at the scene. “I knew then that I had to get as far away as possible. The fire department arrived as soon as I got in my car and then other authorities pulled in. That was pretty scary.”
At 12:49 p.m., the GFD was dispatched to the vehicle fire at the gas station, which is located on the west end of Sunset Drive near I-55. According to Fire Chief Ronnie Willis, when the first units arrived at 12:52 p.m., they found a Kia Optima with heavy fire in the engine compartment of the vehicle.
“The plastic and paint on the gas pumps close to the car were also on fire,” Willis said.
Willis said that crews extinguished the fire and the scene was under control by 1:02 p.m. He added that there were no injuries as a result of the fire.
Traffic slowed on both ends of Sunset Drive as passing motorist attempted to get a look at the fire scene. However, Guillory, said that she managed to get her vehicle to Frontage Road as she prayed everyone was safe.
“This fire department here really acted fast and they went right into the danger,” Guillory said. “It’s because of those men that this thing didn’t go as bad and we thought it would.”
The GFD also responded to a vehicle fire in front of No Way Jose Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported in the vehicle or the restaurant.
The cause of both fires are currently under investigation.