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Crash at Gastonia gas pump triggers fire

GASTONIA -- Police in Gastonia say they are looking for a man whose vehicle allegedly backed into another car and then hit a gas pump, triggering a fire Monday evening.

The man who ran from the scene was carrying a firearm, witnesses told police.

The incident was reported about 6 p.m. at the Kingsway Citgo station, in the 1100 block of Bessemer City Road, according to police. That is near Sunset Avenue.

Police say the fire began when a man backed his car into another car, then rolled into the gas pump. The fire heavily damaged one car and the gas pump, but there were no injuries. Damage was at least $12,500, according to a police report.

Jim Landis, a spokesman for the Gastonia Fire Department, said firefighters were able to turn off the gas main and then spray the burning vehicle with foam, to prevent the blaze from spreading.

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