A car was on fire near gas pumps in Fairfield Sunday morning and fire officials said the situation could have been much worse if the car had been closer to the pumps.
Firefighters responded to the Cumberland Farms at 975 Kings Highway East in Fairfield just after 5:15 a.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call and found a vehicle engulfed around 50 feet from the pumps.
The driver told firefighters that he saw smoke and flames in his car while driving and pulled off the highway.
Staff at the gas station had put on the extinguishing system before firefighters arrived, but that did not put the fire out, according to the fire.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from extending to the gas pumps and no injuries were reported.
“The outcome of this incident would have been much worse if the car was closer to the pumps and was not extinguished as rapidly as it was,” Assistant Fire Chief Schuyler Sherwood said in a statement.