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10/26/04-Canton Township, OH

Gas Station Hero

In Canton Township, Ohio a dad is being dubbed a hero for quick thinking that saved his wife and children from the deadly fire of a gas station explosion.

Ray Nichols got out of his car to pump gas when another car suddenly slammed into the pump he was standing at. The pump fell over onto Nichols car and burst into flames.

Nichols, who was nearly crushed between the pump and his car, ran to the passengers side, getting his wife and kids out of the car. The family then took off running.

Nichols says he did what he did because he could smell all the gas, and "thought it'd go up fast."

The 22 year old driver of the car that slammed into the pump, ran from the scene, but was eventually picked up by police.

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