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Israeli police arrest woman after allegedly setting a petrol pump on fire in Jerusalem

Why you should never use a lighter in a petrol station

Published 29/04/2015

Israeli police have arrested a woman caught on camera allegedly setting a petrol pump on fire while at a gas station in Jerusalem.

CCTV footage of the astonishing scene shows a woman, believed to be in her mid thirties, come up to a man who is refilling his car on the forecourt. She briefly chats to the man before moving away. She then returns and appears to go near to where the pump is filling up the vehicle's tank.

Suddenly, a fire begins around the pump and the woman runs away. The man, clearly shocked by the flames engulfing his vehicle, pulls the pump away from his car, yet this only makes the flames spread further, forcing the man to run out of view of the CCTV footage.

Within just a matter of seconds the car is completely on fire. It later emerged that the driver's brother was seated inside the vehicle when the incident took place, but that fortunately he was not harmed.

A police spokesman said in a written statement, "A woman approached a man while filling his petrol tank and asked for a cigarette, when he refused to give it to her she pulled out a lighter from her pocket and ignited the petrol pump. The car owner reacted quickly by pulling the pump that was on fire from his tank and fleeing.

"Petrol station workers extinguished the fire."

The woman in question was arrested shortly afterwards, and she denied any involvement in the incident. A court in Jerusalem has now extended her arrest by five days and sent her for psychological evaluations.

Source: Independent

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