Anchorage police: flames when pickup hits gas pump

Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a pickup truck knocked over a service station gas pump, igniting a fire that shot flames 10 feet into the air.

Police say no one was injured Friday evening. Another customer says that after the gas pump was hit, it crashed into a minivan on the other side of the pump island, breaking that vehicle's driver's side window and denting the frame.

The Anchorage Daily News says the pickup left the scene but police got a description and partial license plate from witnesses and soon stopped the vehicle.

Lt. Dave Parker says driver John Hoff was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

A Chevron station employee hit the pump's emergency shutoff but Sgt. Michael Kerle says the remaining gas beneath the pump burned for more than 10 minutes. Firefighters extinguished the flames.

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