Tough questions for gas station owner where hose injured customer
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fox 4 is continuing to investigate the safety of gas stations all across Southwest Florida, after two gas pumps burst at two different stations in the last week. Four in Your Corner Investigator Julian Glover is finally getting one of those victims answers.
"Gas just squirted me; in the face, in the nose, in the mouth...everywhere -- you name it," said Morsa Spidle.
Spidle is still upset over what happened last Monday when she filled up her car at the CITGO gas station in Fort Myers Shores. She broke her foot and was covered with fuel, after a hose ruptured.
After I shared Spidle's story Tuesday night, CITGO Corp. sent me an email claiming they have no control over the station.
"This station is supplied CITGO branded gasoline by an independent marketer and operated by an independent dealer. While CITGO does not have any control over the station’s operations, we care about customer safety," CITGO Corp. said in a statement.
So Four in Your Corner's Julian Glover went back to the station where the incident happened to speak with someone that was in charge.
JULIAN GLOVER: Hey, how are you? Julian Glover from Fox 4 news. How're you doing? Are you a manager here by chance?
MANAGER: Yes, I am.
Md Halal Uddin told Fox 4 that he was working the day that dangerous gas leak happened.
"She come inside and report to me and I go outside and I see it's leaking a little bit so I put the sign outside, 'out of order service," said Uddin.
What happens next, according to Spidle is what troubled her.
"They were actually using electrical tape to wrap of the hose," said Spidle, "Gas was spewing through the electrical tape."
Four in Your Corner's Julian Glover showed the store manager the exact same photos that we showed you last night.
JULIAN GLOVER: You guys later tried to tape it up with electrical tape. Is that a proper response?
MANAGER: When she told me inside, then I saw that it was leaking I put an out of order sign right away.
Spidle sent us pictures of that "Out of Order" sign torn down and she says people continued to use the pump.
JULIAN GLOVER: Is there a log here you use to tell me how often you all inspect the pump here?
Uddin wasn't sure and was unable to produce any proof of his own inspections. Though, he was able to show Four in Your Corner's Julian Glover that the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Service approved the station's condition as recently as March 2013.
Now Spidle is wondering if the current inspections standards are tough enough, when lives are on the line.
"Instead of doing this interview with you today, we could have been at my funeral," said Spidle.