Newcastle fire scorches gas station

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Quick response Thursday morning by the Newcastle Fire Department prevented what could have been a disastrous fire at the Flyers service station at the Newcastle exit on Interstate 80. A truck with a camper shell ignited just after 9 a.m. while being filled with gasoline, which caused a fire that completely destroyed the camper and the vehicle. The unidentified driver escaped with minor injury and refused an ambulance. He left the scene after the fire was extinguished. Fire crews from Cal Fire and Newcastle and Penryn Fire Districts fought the blaze, which badly scorched the overhang covering of the station’s pump are as well as one additional vehicle that was being fueled at the time of the fire. Penryn Fire Chief David Ebert said, “The fear was that a propane gas tank inside the camper could explode, which would have spread fire over a larger area, and possibly weaken the steel overhang structure which could possibly collapse.” The station will be closed for several days while repairs are made. —Barry Stigers, Special to the Loomis News