No injuries in blaze at Minden AM/PM |

No injuries in blaze at Minden AM/PM

by Kelli Du Fresne

R-C News Service Service

Like a surfer taking refuge in the tube of a giant wave, Don Fowler of Gardnerville, was kept safe inside the tube as fire swept over his head.

Fowler was at the AM/PM Mini Market in Minden filling 5-gallon gas tanks in the bed of his pickup truck Friday close to 5 p.m. when the gas ignited and flames shot up around him.

“It just ignited in front of me,” Fowler said. “They went up over the top of me. I never got scorched or anything.”

True to his word, Fowler still had all the hair on his arms and was untouched by the flames on the outside.

Fowler’s wife, Pat, said,”There was nothing we could do – it just exploded. We just yelled at everybody to get out of the way.”

Sharon Clark, a clerk at AM/PM, turned off the pumps using the emergency switch inside the store, called 911 and left the building.

East Fork Fire Chief Jim Reinhardt said a cause was not immediately available.

The fire ignited about 4:55 p.m. and was extinguished by 5:12, Reinhardt said.

Douglas County Engine Co., East Fork Fire, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol and Ranchos Fire Rescue, Sheridan and Gardnerville fire departments responded. No injuries were reported and only the pickup was destroyed.