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Lamborghini Catches Fire At Kirkwood Gas Station

A Lamborghini caught fire Saturday, July 7, at the Mobil On The Run gas station at Manchester and Geyer Roads. Photo by Ron Glazer of Kirkwood. (click for larger version)

July 09, 2018
A Lamborghini caught fire at a gas station in Kirkwood Saturday evening, destroying the luxury sports car and the gas pump next to it.

The Lamborghini 2018 Special Edition caught fire just before 8 p.m. on July 7, at Mobil On The Run at 11152 Manchester Road at the intersection of Manchester and Geyer Roads, according to Kirkwood Fire Department Deputy Chief David Smith. No one was injured in the fire.

Flames engulfed the luxury sports car when fuel and fumes that had sprayed into the air came in contact with the Lamborghini.

"Another vehicle on the other side of the gas pump left the nozzle in their gas tank after fueling and drove away, which separated the hose from the pump and the gasoline from the line sprayed a mist into the air that came directly onto that rear-engine vehicle," Smith said. "It wasn't a lot, but it was the perfect amount to ignite that vehicle."

The Lamborghini, owned by a Ladue resident, was fully engulfed when the first fire truck arrived three minutes after the call came in at 7:52 p.m., according to Smith.

"It's a high-dollar sports car with carbon fiber components, so unfortunately it ignited quite well," Smith said. "The fire burned the car and the pump next to it, and there was a lot of damage to the (gas station's) canopy over the pumps."

West County, Frontenac, Des Peres and Glendale fire departments also responded to the call, and the fire was under control by 8:03 p.m.

The fire was out when Kirkwood resident Ron Glazer arrived at the gas station, but he described a chaotic scene.

"I saw thick black smoke and heard screams," he said. "Many residents on Simmons Avenue came out of their houses during the commotion and neighbors adjacent to the station evacuated their houses and ran away from the fire, down the street on Simmons. It was a pretty big deal, glad no one was hurt."

Glazer heard from someone else at the scene that the owner of the Lamborghini was heard yelling at the person who drove away with the gas nozzle still in their tank: "You owe me $400,000."

The blue Lamborghini had "goldRush Rally" painted on the side of the vehicle, and a red Ferrari was also at the gas station when the fire occurred. Someone at the scene said the two luxury sports cars had been seen racing along Manchester Road earlier in the day. The goldRush rally is a 10-day luxury rally event in which luxury sports car owners drive from coast to coast through 10 cities and a handful of smaller towns in between. St. Louis was the fifth stop in this year's rally, which started on June 22 in Boston and finished on July 1 in Las Vegas.

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