System malfunction at Circle K

By Kim Lincoln | Apr 09, 2014
Photo by: Kim Lincoln The fire suppression system malfunctioned April 9 at Circle K in Rockport, covering two patrons with white powder.

Rockport — A malfunction in the fire suppression system April 9 at Circle K covered two patrons pumping gas in a white powder.

The system, which has a switch inside the store to activate when a fire occurs, went off spontaneously, according to Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley. He said the system also malfunctioned about five years ago.

Two people who were pumping gas at the time were covered in the white powder, he said. One of the customers had their vehicle door wide open and will need to have their vehicle detailed.

Two ambulances happened to be at the store at the time of the incident and the medical technicians watched the whole thing happen, Peasley said.

The two patrons were not hurt as the chemicals are not hazardous, but they will need a shower, he said.

Both Circle K and Dunkin' Donuts remain open and a cleanup company has been contacted.



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