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Kansas man sues QuikTrip for gas pump burns

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (WDAF) – A Kansas man says he was seriously injured while filling his car with gas and is now suing QuikTrip over his injuries.

The federal lawsuit claims the incident occurred on November 16, 2019, at a QuikTrip convenience store in Kansas City, Kansas.

Jose Estala Ortiz claimed that the gas he was pumping suddenly caught fire due to a build-up of static electricity. Court documents said the fire spread from the gas to Ortiz’s clothes. He suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 25% of his body, including his hands, abdomen and genitals.

According to the filing, Ortiz claimed eight people worked at the QuikTrip site during the fire. He insists the staff didn’t turn off the gas when they noticed what was happening. Ortiz also claims none of the staff tried to put out the fire or offered to help him when they saw him injured.

Ortiz is asking for a jury trial and lawsuit for an amount in excess of $75,000, plus damages for his injuries, medical expenses, and lost wages.

A spokesperson for QuikTrip told Nexstar’s WDAF they were not making any statements because this is an ongoing lawsuit.

https://kfor.com/news/kansas-man-sues-quiktrip-over-burns-from-pumping-gas/ Kansas man sues QuikTrip for gas pump burns

JACLYN DIAZ

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