Man Burned in Gas Station Fire To Sue | News
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL- The fuel truck driver intensely burned in the explosion in August at the gas station on S.R. 16 and Masters Drive is filing a lawsuit against the oil company who owns the storage tanks that caught fire. The massive explosion shook the community as it sent flames as high as 75 feet up. It took firefighters more than 3 hours to extinguish the fire from the mass explosion.
The driver of the fuel truck that caught fire, David Hunt Cowles, 61, received burns to his arms as he crawled to escape the dangerous blast. Cowles is now out of the hospital, after spending weeks in the burn unit at Shands Medical Center in Gainesville.The official cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, but according to Cowles' attorney the fuel company is at fault.
In a copy of the lawsuit, Cowles claims Coomes Oil and Supply, "failed to meet and abide by the regulations, industry standards, guidelines and protocols."The suit also claims as Cowles "reached for the shut off valves, the overflowing gasoline and spreading vapors caused a raging fire and then an enormous explosion."
No one else was injured in the massive devastating explosion.Cowles is asking for a jury trial and damages in excess of $15,000.
To see more pictures taken by the community of this mass explosion and gas station fire check out this photo album: