Vehicle total loss after Friday fire

By Ryann Brooks
Emporia Gazette – Feb. 16, 2018

A vehicle is a total loss after the Emporia Fire Department battled a stubborn fire Friday afternoon in Emporia.

The vehicle, a 2013 Smart Fortwo owned by Alfonso Rascon, was parked on the street at 825 Dove Run when it started smoking around 1:30 p.m.

“When we first got here we had a large column of smoke from a 2013 Smart car,” said Battalion Chief Rich Gould. “We got the fire out and then there was a big explosion from the car and it threw hot pieces up on some of the houses that were here in the neighborhood as well as some spot grass fires.”

Gould said a second engine was called to put out the hot spots and prevent more fires from developing. Firefighters thought they had put out the blaze when the car reignited, and additional trucks were called.

“We thought we had the fire out and the fuel cell underneath the car evidently leaked enough that it caught back on fire on us,” Gould said. “We had to call for more water and some Class B foam to help put out the fire.”

Gould said it was believed the fire started somewhere in the vehicle’s electrical systems. The vehicle was unattended at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

“(Rascon) went out and tried to start it and noticed it was acting funny,” Gould said, noting that Rascon said the lights in the car were flashing on and off. “He shut it off and got out and noticed there was smoke and fire underneath it and called 911.”

Gould said it takes roughly 3,000 gallons of water to put out a fire in a vehicle that size.


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