Static From Kids Clothes Sparks Petrol Station Blaze

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCEN

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This is the moment a dad pours fuel into a jerrycan at a petrol station next to his 7-year-old daughter and the static from the youngster’s clothes sparks a huge blaze.

The incident took place at a petrol station in the community of Ahucatlan, in the municipality of Pinal de Amoles, in the central Mexican state of Queretaro and was captured by a CCTV camera.

In the video, a man, who has not been named in reports, can be seen filling up a jerrycan which is in the cargo area of his pickup truck.

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His seven-year-old daughter is stood in the cargo area holding the jerrycan when it suddenly bursts into flames.

The fire spreads instantly to the petrol pump as father and daughter run away.

Gabriel Bastarrachea Vazquez, Director of the State Coordination of Civil Protection in Queretaro, said that the father and daughter had been taken to Jalpan de Serra General Hospital where they remain in a stable condition.

The Civil Protection in Pinal de Amoles reported that the girl suffered from first and second-degree burns.

Vazquez told local media: “The fire was caused by petrol vapours when the jerrycan was being filled up and by a static charge apparently from the girl’s clothing, which suddenly generated a spark”.

He highlighted that the incident was not an explosion as had been claimed on social media.

Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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