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Olympia, Washington – One Person Sustains Burn Injuries After Fire Breaks Out on Boat

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Posted on July 14, 2019

Olympia, Washington (July 11, 2019) – One man suffered burn injuries after an explosion on his sailboat caused a fire on his vehicle. The man initially tried to put out the fire but was overwhelmed, forcing him to jump into the water while wearing a flotation device. He was rescued by an off-duty firefighter from Olympia, who took him to a dock at the Olympia Golf and Country Club, where he was met by medics. The victim had sustained burns to his legs and was taken to Saint Peter’s Hospital for treatment. There has been no word regarding his condition.

The explosion had forced the man into Puget Sound near Budd Inlet. Crews from the McLane Black Lake Fire Department were called to the boat fire, and saw that the case needed a multiagency response. The fire was eventually extinguished using an Olympia Harbor Patrol boat. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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.