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Bremerton, Washington – Fire Breaks Out on Boat, Forces Man and Two Dogs to Evacuate

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Posted on October 4, 2019

Bremerton, Washington (September 27, 2019) – A fire broke out in a boat at the Bremerton Yacht Club on Friday. The boat operator, Mike Babbitt, steered the vehicle away from the yacht club to prevent the fire spreading to other boats, and was able to safely evacuate the vehicle with his two dogs. They were rescued by friends and Babbitt was taken to a hospital.

According to the report, Mike Babbitt left his slip at the Bremerton Yacht Club to fuel up, and saw that the engine compartment of his boat was smoking before catching on fire. The boat operator judged that an extinguisher wasn’t enough for the situation and steered the boat away. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

About Vehicle Fire

While the vehicle in this instance is not on land, it should be noted that any vehicle fires can be cause for alarm and can present a very dangerous situation. No matter the cause, all passengers are advised to get as far away from the vehicle when it ignites. The nature of the vehicle and the materials used in it builds potential for big fires and explosions.

To minimize the risk of vehicle fires, it is always best to make sure that a vehicle is well-maintained and in good condition. While there are many known causes of vehicle fires, it does not always start with just one cause. More often, a number of factors are present when a it happens happens. This makes investigation difficult, but by listing the known causes, owners can take the proper steps to analyse their own vehicle’s safety. For cars, there are some common causes for fire. Some factors do not always directly start the fire but raise the risk for creating it; these factors are design flaws, vehicle neglect, the use of faulty electrical or hybrid batteries, and the spilling or leaking of flammable liquids . On the other hand, factors that can directly cause vehicle fires are car crashes, arson, faulty wiring, and overheating car parts and components. The top two causes for car fires are electrical system failures and leaks in the fuel system. In identifying these fire risks, one can then properly assess their vehicle to see if any of these risks are present. Like with all fire risks, early detection can help prevent any damage, loss, injuries and fatalities.

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