Fire Suppression System Malfunctions At Gas Station

REHOBOTH (CBS) — A 911 call about “‘white smoke’ coming from the gas pumps” led members of the Rebohoth Fire Department to a Cumberland Farms on Monday afternoon.

When they got there, officials discovered the Winthrop Street gas station’s fire suppression system had gone off around 12:45 p.m.

What firefighters did not find, though, was a fire.

rehoboth Fire Suppression System Malfunctions At Gas Station

The aftermath after a fire suppression system went off at a Cumberland Farms in Rehoboth (WBZ-TV)

The cause of the system malfunction was not determined.

A fire official told WBZ-TV it is not uncommon for heat to set off the system.

Several people that had been near in the close vicinity of the system were taken to a local hospital, said Rehoboth FD.

How many people and the extent of their injuries are unknown at this time.

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Dry-chemical covers a car after the fire suppression system of a gas station went off. (Photo Credit: Rehoboth Fire Department Facebook)

Monday’s incident was at the same Cumberland Farms that police were called to in September of last year after a man threatened the store clerk. A four-hour police standoff ensued.

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