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Moclips, Washington – Vehicles on Fire at Otis Avenue

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Posted on June 24, 2019

Moclips, Washington (June 20, 2019) – A number of derelict vehicles and around 1.5 acres of land were damaged by a fire that occurred on Otis Avenue, near the Moclips-Aloha High School. The fire was initially reported as a threat to nearby structures, however when fire crews arrived there was no immediate danger and the fire was contained before it could become a threat. There were no reported injuries in the incident.

The fire was reported to have happened near a mill off Otis Avenue. The initial response was Fire District #8 from Grays Harbor, with additional assistance coming from Fire Districts #7 and #16 and the Quinault Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources as the fire became a threat to the surrounding wildlands. Despite the spread of the blaze no significant damage was reported. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

About Vehicle Fire

Vehicle 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 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 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. Additionally, one must look over the cargo being carried and make sure there is risk that the cargo can also burst into flames. 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.