Tucson firefighters respond to southside car fire
CREATED Dec. 8, 2012
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
TUCSON 9 (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson firefighters doused a car fire before the flames could spread to highly flammable chemicals inside a tire shop.
Two people called 9-1-1 just before 12:00 p.m. Saturday to report that a car was on fire in the area of 22nd Street and Cherry Avenue, according to Capt. Jeff Langejans with the Tucson Fire Department.
An employee working at a business directly north of the fire told 9-1-1 operators that a car was on fire in the service yard of Purcell Tire and Service Center.
Once on scene, firefighters had to cut the lock to the service yard in order to reach the burning vehicle, Langejans said.
Langejans tells KGUN9 that after the initial knock down of the fire, the captain ordered the firefighting line to protect the garage door of the shop. The captain didn't know at the time, but on the other side of the door was a portable cutting torch with a cylinder that was filled with acetylene, a substance that can be deadly when exposed to fire.
The quick and decisive actions of the company officer may have prevented extensive damage to the building and potential harm to the firefighters.
Langejans says the fire damaged the car beyond repair and there was slight damage to the garage door. The total damage is estimated to cost $7,000.
Langejans wants to remind motorists that vehicle fires account for 20 percent of all fires reported in the U.S. He says that if you park your vehicle inside a garage, make sure to have a self closing door, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.