Van bursts into flames as driver fills petrol tank while using mobile phone

A truck caught fire while trying to remove a gasoline hose while playing on his cell phone.

In footage, the driver, who has not been identified, can see how he fills the vehicle this Monday at a Total gas station in Cortazar, central Mexico.

The man appears to be trying to remove the fuel hose from the car with his cell phone in hand.

As the phone makes contact with the gas tank, a flame shoots out and spreads quickly, engulfing the truck.

The man drops the fuel hose and drives back from the car while the flames roam around the vehicle.

The fire breaks out just a sign of the white truck sitting dangerously close to the gasoline pumps and another vehicle.

The fire brigade was called to the scene and successfully extinguished the fire before it could spread to other vehicles.

No one was injured, but the man’s Chevrolet RAM 700 was completely destroyed by the fire.

Aurelio Cantu, deputy director of civil protection at Ciudad Madero, told the local newspaper Milenio that using cell phones at gas stations was banned.

The truck is engulfed in the flames

Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident

Small electrical charges given off by a cell phone when it receives a call can ignite a flame, he said.

Cantu’s explanation for the fire has been disputed with some sources such as the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI), who argue that a cell phone cannot cause a fire.

However, it admitted that a defective cell phone battery could cause a spark, which could, however, ignite a fire.

No one was injured in the incident.


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