UPDATE: 1 dead after flash fire at Jasper car dealership, 3 critically injured
JASPER, Ala. – A flash fire at a car dealership in Jasper sent five people to the hospital Monday afternoon. One of the victims has passed away from injuries received in the fire. Three people remain in critical condition.
The Walker County Coroner identified 39-year-old Jake Jennings as the deceased victim.
The fire happened in the service area of Carl Cannon Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC in Jasper.
AL.com reports that though the incident was initially described as an explosion, Alabama State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen said Tuesday that it is better characterized as a flash fire, not an explosion.
A flash fire is a sudden, intense fire caused by ignition of a mixture of air and a dispersed flammable substance such as a solid, flammable or combustible liquid, or a flammable gas.
“The sound and effects of a flash fire can mimic an explosion, but I don’t know if explosion is the term I would use,” Pilgreen said.
According to our news partners at WIAT in Birmingham, an oil bin exploded in the service department. Those injured were working on a vehicle in the pit. Jasper Police, Jasper Fire, Alabama State Fire Marshal and Walker County EMA responded to the scene.
Of the five burned in the fire, four were taken to UAB, the other was taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center.
The dealership closed for the remainder of the day Monday. There is no word on when it will reopen. The dealership posted to its Facebook page yesterday asking for prayers for the employees and the families of those impacted by the fire.