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Teen severely burned in gas pump fire in Twin Cities suburb

ST. PAUL — Authorities say a teenage girl was critically injured Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, after gasoline ignited at a Shoreview convenience store.

The girl caught fire around 6 a.m. at the Quik Stop at 5910 Lexington Ave. when gasoline on the ground near a fuel pump somehow ignited, according to Lake Johanna Fire Chief Tim Boehlke.

The girl ran inside the store and a clerk helped her extinguish the flames before calling 911, Boehlke said.

The victim, who was not immediately identified, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with life-threatening injuries.

A bystander used the store’s fire extinguisher to put out the fire near the gas pump, Boehlke said.

Boehlke added that this type of fire is a rare occurrence.

“We don’t respond to many calls at gas stations for gasoline or flammable liquid fires,” he said. “Typically, when we respond to fuel spills ... there’s no ignition.”

The cause of the fire at the convenience store remained under investigation Tuesday evening.

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