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One dead in Palm Harbor gas station fire

A woman backed her car into a gas pump at the Circle K at 3470 East Lake Road, causing the pump to pin another woman and catch fire, troopers said.
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper inspects a Honda that caught on fire along with a gas pump at the Circle K station at 3470 East Lake Road on Wednesday. One person was killed.
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper inspects a Honda that caught on fire along with a gas pump at the Circle K station at 3470 East Lake Road on Wednesday. One person was killed. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Dec. 22, 2021|Updated Dec. 24, 2021

PALM HARBOR — A woman pumping gas was killed Wednesday when a driver backed into a fuel pump at a Palm Harbor gas station, pinning the woman and starting a fire, troopers said.

The fire started shortly after 2 p.m. at the Circle K at 3470 East Lake Road when a 66-year-old woman backed her Nissan sedan into a gas pump, causing the pump to overturn and pin another woman who was pumping gas into her Honda SUV, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The exposed gasoline erupted into flames, killing the woman who was pumping gas, troopers said.

Firefighters arrived to find the gas pump and the Honda vehicle already engulfed in flames.

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Authorities did not release the name of the woman who was killed or the Nissan driver. A spokesperson for the c

The Highway Patrol and the Florida State Fire Marshal are investigating the incident. No other details have been released.

This is a developing story. Check tampabay.com for updates.

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