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Gas mistakenly sold as kerosene

October 30, 2000

Gas mistakenly sold as kerosene



MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Anyone who purchased kerosene at the Eagle Mart Citgo station in Eagle Plaza in Hedgesville between Oct. 25 and Oct. 29 is being asked to bring the fuel back because they might have gotten gasoline instead.

"We don't know for sure that's what happened, but we'd rather be safe and not sorry," said Martha Simpson, president of Waremart, Inc., which owns the facility. "It was brought to our attention first thing (Monday) morning by one of our customers."

A delivery driver may have loaded the kerosene tank with gasoline, creating a mixture of kerosene and gas that would be more flammable than gasoline, she said.

"We pumped 96 gallons and we've got 33 of it back, but we really want to see those other people," she said.

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Tests have been run on the fuel, but the results are not yet available, she said.

Customers who bring back the product will get a full refund and a new container if their container has been contaminated, she said.

An alert for the gasoline was put out by the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services Monday afternoon.

-Bob Partlow

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