State issues stop on sale of certain fuel at Fernandina Beach gas station

Stop comes after couple says fuel from gas station caused car to break down

By Lauren Verno - Consumer investigative reporter

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - There's a consumer alert in Nassau County, where a Fernandina Beach gas station that's been under investigation for possible tainted gas has been ordered to stop the sale of certain types of gasoline at that location. 

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has issued a stop sale order at the Flash Foods gas station on South Eighth Street in Fernandina Beach for regular and premium products after the gas station failed an inspection by the state last week.

In an email sent Wednesday, a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said lab results found sediment in the regular and premium samples that were collected. It's unclear what kind of sediment was found. When asked some of the ways that sediment could get into gasoline, the spokesman said, "In our experience, some could be attributed from transport and as a byproduct from the introduction of ethanol into the system." He said it was highly unlikely it could be from leaks in underground tanks or low levels of gasoline in the tanks.

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The stop sale was issued after Alan and Carol Rossmeissl told News4Jax last week that gas from the Flash Foods gas station caused their car to break down. 

"It's been crazy," Carol Rossmeissl said. "He was out of a car for a day, out a lot of money."

First, the couple said they had to deal with paying hundreds of dollars to get their car fixed after they believe they got bad gas. Then, when they asked to be reimbursed for the damages from Circle K, the parent company of Flash Foods, Circle K sent them a letter, saying their request was unfounded. 

On Wednesday, they got a call from the state about the failed test. The call came from the same person from the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services who News4Jax saw testing the tanks at the gas station last week. 

"The proof is in the pudding," Alan Rossmeissl said. "We got the pudding."

The state spokesman said the stop sale will be in place until tests come back all clear. There will eventually be a reinspection. 

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