Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
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Something else I wanted to comment on on these photos - some might say that "there is no way I could put out a fire like that with an extinguisher" Well, no, but contrary to what Hollywood would have you believe, cars do not erupt into balls of fire. This fire started small and grew.
I have training in basic and advanced marine firefighting and by looking at those pictures, I'd say this car had been on fire for about a half hour to 45 minutes before the pictures were taken.
Look at picture 1 - This is when the firefighters arrived and the car is fully involved. There is no saving it. Put it out, clear the road.
Picture 2 is more interesting. Look at the paint. That fire is hot, and it has been hot for a while. The fuel tank is obviously ruptured. You have all heard of the bulkhead between the engine and passenger compartments refered to as the "firewall". Well, look at how it did its job! The driver's door is open. the rear of the car is an inferno and the paint on the passenger's compartment is undamaged. The driver had plenty of time to get out without being harmed. Cheers to Lambo for that!
My main point is this - Engines that catch on fire generally stop running and force you to pull over to the side of the road. If you pop the hood and see flames, you can grab the extinguisher, put the fire out, call a tow truck and get the car repaired. If you don't have an extinguisher, the car in these pictures could be yours.
'79 308 GTS, '82 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree
"Time is what prevents everything from happening all at once."