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Lamborghini Goes Up In Smoke At Kirkwood Gas Station Sunday Afternoon

A Lamborghini worth more than a quarter of a million dollars burned to a crisp at a Kirkwood gas station, thanks to a careless driver at the next pump. (Photo courtesy Parker Gelber)

A Lamborghini worth more than a quarter of a million dollars burned to a crisp at a Kirkwood gas station, thanks to a careless driver at the next pump.

Parker Gelber, a car salesman at Exotic Motors Midwest was out with a friend, each driving a Lamborghini when they stopped at the Mobil station on Manchester. He says he was paying inside while his friend grabbed a drink when someone in a minivan at the pump right next to the two cars pulled away without taking the pump out of their gas tank, flinging gas into one of the Lamborghinis' engine bays, lighting it on fire.

Gelber posted about the incident on Facebook shortly after it happened. He wrote, "we saw a massive fireball out the window. We all ran out of the gas station to the other side of the road. At this point, we had no idea what happened or who’s car(s) were on fire. We dialed 911 and when the fire was out you could see that his car was completely burned down, our red one just covered in ash."

A man who was capturing video of the two cars on his phone saw the fire, and his video shows the moment the van pulls away from the pump.

No one was hurt. Police say it was an accident, and that a shut-off valve on the pump failed.

The car's estimated value is more than $275,000. No one has said who is liable for the damage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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