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Marysville, Washington – Two With Burn Injuries After Vehicle Bursts Into Fire at Rest Area

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Posted on May 9, 2019

Marysville, Washington (May 7, 2019) – A woman suffered major burns and a firefighter sustained minor burns in an incident of a vehicle fire at a rest area on Smokey Point Boulevard on Tuesday evening. The woman, who was also the owner of the vehicle, had to be taken to the Harborview Medical Center, where she is said to be in critical condition. The firefighter, who sustained minor burns to his hand, was taken to a hospital in Everett for treatment.

The incident started near 9 p.m. when the woman was sitting in her car at the rest area. Witnesses reported hearing a loud pop and fire began to flare up inside the vehicle. Two homeless people at the rest area were the first to respond, helping pull the woman from her car. Neither of the two were injured in the attempt. She was later extricated and firefighters dealt with the burning vehicle. The cause of the fire has not been provided yet.

About Car Fire

Car fires are a 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 car 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 car 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 car fires, a fire does not always start with just one cause. More often, a number of factors are present when a car fire happens. This makes investigation difficult, but by listing the known causes of car fires, car owners can take the proper steps to analyse their own vehicle’s safety. 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.