Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vehicle Fire on Lemoncrest

Lakeside:  On August 26, 2011, Lakeside firefighters were dispatched to the report of a vehicle fire on Lemoncrest Dr.  Engine 1 (Riverview fire station) arrived and found a pickup truck on fire on the dirt hill just above Lemoncrest Elementary School.  
A hoseline is stretched and SCBA is donned.
Fire attack is initiated.
The vehicle was on its way to becoming fully involved with smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment.  An attack line was stretched and fire extinguished.  As can be seen in the photos, firefighters don the same protective clothing as is used for structure fires.  
The fire is knocked-down and the area is cooled off.
Car fires, while not  in an enclosed environment, produce a great deal of harmful gases that can be inhaled if breathing apparatus (SCBA) is not worn.  
The engine compartment is accessed and overhauled.
The vehicle's driver stated that he was backing out of the driveway when one of his tires went off the road and the truck slid down the hill where it became stuck and eventually caught fire.  The prompt action of the Engine 1 crew kept the fire from spreading to the surrounding vegetation which could have done a great deal of damage in this residential area.  

Photos and Story Submitted by: Captain Wes Barnes, Lakeside Fire District.

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