Car Fire 2006
CCFD to the rescue!
The photos below are from a recent car fire in downtown Corunna.
Car fires are fairly rare, even in accidents. Car design places the fuel tank in a position where it is unlikely to be damaged in all except the worst accidents. Electrical fires are the main cause of a vehicle fire. Electrical fires results from various causes such as overcurrent, poor connections, glowing connections, short circuits, grounding faults, breaking of wire strands, deterioration of insulating materials, defects in electrical apparatus or devices, etc.
If you suspect a fire you need to take immediate action. Stop your vehicle as soon and safely as possible, turn off the ignition and get out as quickly as possible. There is a danger that the car may quickly fill with highly toxic smoke and fumes.
If the fire is under the hood, choose a safe place to stop. Avoid places where the fire could spread to other vehicles or buildings. Turn off the engine and get our of the car. DO NOT OPEN YOUR HOOD. Opening the hood allows air to get to the fire. If you have a fire extinguisher, loosen the hood enough to aim it underneath.
Fires can spread very quickly. It is not a good idea to try and unpack your belongings from the trunk, etc. If there is time, grab what you can, otherwise get well away. Although fuel tanks are well protected from impact, they can explode in a fire. Tires can also explode throwing off burning debris. Keep your distance!
Safety first ... Always, get your passengers out of the car before doing anything else if you suspect fire. Again, toxic fumes can fill the car quickly. Make sure that passengers (especially children) and pets are out of harm's way. Other drivers will likely be distracted and 'secondary' accidents can easily happen.