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Tiger Fuel Traces Steps to Find Dangerous Mistake

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

March 2, 2006

Friday, Tiger Fuel Company president David Sutton was trying to figure what went wrong.

"We aren't absolutely sure how it happened."

What happened is a potentially deadly mistake, where gasoline was accidentally put into a kerosene tank at an Orange county Exxon station in Locust Grove, creating a flammable and possibly even explosive mixture.

"It came off a transport truck. We aren't sure if it was our transport truck, or someone else's. We are trying to figure that out," said Sutton.

Tiger Fuel discovered the mistake when going over their product inventories from over the weekend. That is when they saw that the numbers did not add up.

"We had more kerosene then we should have, based on deliveries and sales," the president explained.

They traced back the mistake to a Saturday truck delivery made to the Locust Grove Exxon, which had since sold 285 gallons of the tainted fuel.

Now, two people have reportedly suffered burns from trying to use the fuel, and the company is doing what it can to make sure the suffering stops there.

"I'm sure that whoever has been injured, we're doing whatever we can to take care of them," said Sutton. "We're not worried about lawsuits. We are worried about people getting injured. We don't want people to get injured, and we are doing everything we can to prevent that."

The company has been working alongside the county to get word out about the dangerous mix-up.

If you bought kerosene from the Locust Grove Exxon between this past Saturday and Wednesday, you are urged to return it for a full refund. Less than 200 gallons are still unaccounted for.

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