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Portable extinguisher stops car fire

Posted on 3.30.20

Portable extinguisher stops car fire

Lake Stevens, WA – A woman was injured when her car went careening off a road one recent evening. The car went 50 feet down an embankment, where it crashed and caught fire in the engine compartment. A nearby witness was able to quickly douse the flames with a portable fire extinguisher. Firefighters were able […]

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Bus driver praised for using fire extinguisher

Posted on 3.13.20

Bus driver praised for using fire extinguisher

Somerville, MA – A bus driver has been recognized as a hero after she jumped into action to help save people in a burning home. The driver was returning the bus back to the garage when she came upon the fire burning in a three-family home. She stopped the bus, grabbed the vehicle’s portable fire […]

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Donated extinguisher helps stop fire

Posted on 3.8.20

New Hope, MN – At the start of the New Year, West Metro Fire began offering free home safety surveys to residents. During the survey, members of the fire department perform a walk through with homeowners to identify safety hazards and provide smoke detectors or fire extinguishers, at no cost, to residents who need them. […]

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Neighbor’s quick response with extinguisher limits damage

Posted on 3.5.20

Neighbor's quick response with extinguisher limits damage

Bellingham, WA – Bellingham Fire Department and North Whatcom Fire and Rescue crews reported to Yew Street after a 911 caller saw smoke coming from an upstairs window. Before the crew’s arrival, a neighbor broke a window and entered the house to use a portable fire extinguisher to knock down the flames before fire authorities […]

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Electrical shortage in bathroom prompts evacuation

Posted on 2.7.20

Indian River County, FL – On a Friday morning, firefighters responded to the report of a small fire at a Children’s Discovery Center. The fire started in the bathroom of the center after an electrical outlet shorted. After smelling a strange odor coming from one of the vents in the bathroom, a staff member located […]

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Fire caused by phone charger put out with extinguisher

Posted on 2.2.20

Beverly, MA – A Beverly couple woke up recently to the sound of their fire alarm alerting them to a fire in the kitchen. After leaving their phones to charge in the kitchen overnight, one of the chargers caught fire with the flames quickly spreading in the kitchen. The couple was able to contain the […]

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Two kitchen fires reported in 24 hours

Posted on 1.31.20

Bend, OR – Two kitchen fires were reported within hours of each other in January in Bend, OR. The first fire started around 11am at an apartment complex after a stovetop was turned on to boil water. A coffee carousel was accidentally left in range of the burner and caught fire. Residents were evacuated after […]

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Trash truck fire caused by batteries

Posted on 11.14.19

Trash truck fire caused by batteries

Jacksonville, NC – A fire started in a sanitation truck due to lithium batteries being incorrectly disposed of. According to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, this type of battery disposal is illegal. When the batteries were pushed into the back of the truck with flammable waste, they combusted and a fire erupted. The sanitation […]

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