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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Man burned at a Springfield gas pump has died
A Florida man burned at a Springfield gas station November 15th has died. Chad Richards, 55, was filling up his vehicle at a gas station when a spark ignited nearby gasoline fumes. Richards was brought to the Mercy Burn Unit with severe burns. He died December 2nd. Investigators were unable to determine what caused the spark that ignited the fumes. This marks the second fire-related fatality in Springfield in 2017.
The Springfield Fire Department urges all drivers to follow some safety tips while filling up. Turn off your engine before refueling. Do not smoke or use lighters or matches while refueling. Avoid re-entering your vehicle during refueling. If you cannot avoid re-entering your vehicle, discharge any static build-up before reaching for the nozzle by touching something metal with your bare hand. If a fire does occur, leave the nozzle in the fill pipe and back away from the vehicle. Notify the station attendant immediately.
For more information call the Springfield Fire Department media line at 417-874-2301.