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South Hill, Washington – Vehicle Fire Spreads to Home, Causes Residents to Evacuate

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Posted on June 18, 2019

South Hill, Washington (June 13, 2019) – A car fire quickly spread to a home on the 17700 block of 93rd Avenue East, causing a family of eight to evacuate the structure. All residents were able to safely leave the house, and a dog was found unharmed in an upstairs room after the fire. There were also no injuries reported among the fire crews.

The fire is currently deemed suspicious after investigators looked through neighborhood surveillance cameras and found footage and two people driving away from the scene. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for more information related to the incident.

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.

While this particular incident seems to be a case of arson, it would be prudent to check the fire safety of one’s vehicle. 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.