Bolivar City Fire crews responded to a vehicle fire at the Kum N Go gas station in the 2500 block of South Springfield Avenue at around 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 25.
Deputy Chief Brent Watkins said flames were coming from the engine compartment of a cargo van parked in front of the store. He said fire crews and police officers controlled the fire quickly, keeping damage contained to the vehicle.
Watkins said the area, including the parking lot, was temporarily shut down and the store was evacuated for a “short amount of time” as a precaution due to hazards on scene, including propane tanks and gas pumps.
No one was hurt in the incident, Watkins said.
An eye witness said the clerk on duty "acted quickly, grabbed a fire extinguisher and immediately acted," saying the Kum N Go employee needs to be commended.
"She was in the thick smoke, doing everything she needed to do," the witness said. "If it hadn't been for her, things would have been different."