Deda Graham was in the kitchen of Abby's Mini Mart in eastern Limestone County Monday morning when she heard a boom so loud, neighbors said it rattled their homes.
“I ran outside and said, 'What happened,'” Graham told The News Courier at the scene. “They (the customers on the driveway) said the pump blew up from the bottom.”
Graham ran inside the store to get fire extinguisher and returned.
“But it was flaming too high to mess with so I just got outta there,” she said.
Two neighbors at the scene — 25547 Nick Davis Road, east of Mooresville Road — said they heard the explosion, which rattled their homes.
By the time firefighters from East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the blaze, using foam and then water, the two trucks parked at the pumps were destroyed.
The cause of the fire had not been determined at press time Monday, but a man at the scene who asked to remain anonymous said the pumps had been replaced a couple of months ago and the pump that ignited had been worked on three days ago.
Graham said one of the trucks is owned by Jim Flint, a retired Athens police officer who is now working as school resource officer at Johnson Elementary School.