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Naked Evacuation: St. Augustine Woman Has No Time To Dress

Naked Evacuation: St. Augustine Woman Has No Time To Dress

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Witnesses shooting cell phone video say shockwaves from the BP gas station explosion on SR 16 could be felt a mile away.

Considering Tiffany Edwards lives right across the street from the gas station, her experience was a little more up close and very personal.

"I hadn't been out of the shower 10 minutes, I was still wet," she said. "And that's when I heard a loud kaboom, a big explosion."

So she ran to the door in her towel to see what was going on.

"And a fireman runs by and is yelling, 'Get out of the house.'"

She had no time to grab her purse, or a suitcase.

"We had no time to do anything," she said.

She didn't even have time to throw on a shirt. She says she grabbed a sheet off the floor, piled her kids in the car and took off for a friends house in Deltona.

"All I had when I got there was my sheet," she said laughing, "I drove straight there with my sheet on."

Victim Identified in Gas Station Explosion

Victim Identified in Gas Station Explosion

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Today the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office released the name of the man injured in the St. Augustine gas station explosion Friday afternoon.

The victim, David Hunt Cowles, 61 is from Fort McCoy, Florida according to Sgt. Chuck Mulligan.

Cowles was transported to the burn unit at Shands Gainesville shortly after the explosion.

There is currently no update on his condition. 

Witnesses said Friday they were not sure how someone could survive such a large explosion and fire. 

The fire raged for at least two hours before firefighters were able to get it under control, said Lt. Jeremy Robshaw with the St. Johns County Fire Rescue Department. 

Man Captures Cell Phone Video of Fire, Explosions

Man Captures Cell Phone Video of Fire, Explosions

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Jeff Miller has watched his video at least a hundred times.  

"You see the explosion and it shakes my camera," Miller said.

He was standing just about a quarter mile from the BP gas station on S.R. 16 in St. Augustine when several explosions ricocheted booms between homes and businesses.

Miller said he filmed the fire that engulfed the convenience store until a ball of fire lit up the sky.   

"Holy cow... that thing's coming over here!" Miller yelled in the video.

"It scared me a lot because of the fact that you felt like it was going to come towards you 'cause the wind was blowing our direction," Miller said.  "So, it seemed like the flame was getting larger and larger and you thought it was going to head towards us."

Miller then decided to move further back from the scene for his safety.   

St. Johns County Announces New Director of Economic Development

St. Johns County Announces New Director of Economic Development

Consistent with the County Commission’s primary goal of increasing economic development, St. Johns County is pleased to announce Melissa S. Glasgow has been hired as the County’s new Director of Economic Development. Glasgow will work closely with the Chambers of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority and other established local and regional groups to attract new businesses to St. Johns County, as well as support existing businesses.

St. Johns County Sheriff Elected as Florida Sheriff’s Association Treasurer

St. Johns County Sheriff  Elected as Florida Sheriff’s Association Treasurer

This week, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar was elected as the Florida Sheriff’s Association Treasurer for the upcoming fiscal year. He was installed at the closing ceremonies Tuesday evening of the annual summer conference of the FSA.

TODAY: Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine Organizes Motorcycle Ride Preceding Toby Keith Concert

TODAY: Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine Organizes Motorcycle Ride Preceding Toby Keith Concert

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine will be hosting a pre-show motorcycle ride from the Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine dealership to St. Augustine Amphitheatre today, Thursday July 21st, prior to the Toby Keith concert.

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

 

The American Heart Association-First Coast Market has named local business and community leader Joyce Kramzer as the chair for the 2011- 2012 Go Red For Women (GRFW) Mission.

Joyce Kramzer is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s (BCBSF) Senior Vice President, Health Business Operations.  In this role, Kramzer has primary accountability for the business strategies and operations of delivery system, service, senior markets, and IT. In her dual role as the GRFW chair and AHA-First Coast Market Board of Directors Chair, Kramzer brings excellent businesses acumen and a sense of social responsibility.  
 

The following will strategically support Kramzer in furthering the GRFW mission of educating women of their unique and clearly defined risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke: