Elkton DPW employee puts out car fire Monday morning
— A town employee who rushed into action to extinguish a fire in the PNC parking lot Monday morning had only a few words for his actions a day later.
“I just thought it was the right thing to do,” Joe Stanley said Monday.
Stanley, 44, an Elkton resident and crew leader with the Elkton Department of Public Works, came to the rescue when he and Mark Turnbull, infrastructure coordinator with DPW, were driving through Elkton, Stanley said. Turning from Bow to High Street, they saw the hood of the red Pontiac Grand Prix up.
“There was quite a bit of flames,” Stanley recalled.
Stanley said the car had black flames that came up about 3 feet in the air and
black smoke coming from the motor area.
“It was flaming up pretty good,” Turnbull said about the fire.
Stanley told Turnbull to pull over next to Union Hospital, Turnbull grabbed a fire extinguisher from behind the driver’s seat, handed it to Stanley and Stanley ran across the road to the parking lot. By then, the engine was “engulfed in flames,” Turnbull said.
Using the fire extinguisher, it took him less than a minute to put the fire out, Stanley said. Before he put the fire out, he looked in the car windows to make sure no one was in the car. He said his first reaction was to find a way to help.
Turnbull said the Singerly Fire Company arrived to the scene a few minutes after the fire was extinguished to assess the situation. An Elkton Department of Public Works employee extinguished an engine fire in this car Monday.
The owner of the vehicle went into the bank to call for help after she saw smoke underneath the hood of her car. When she came back outside, she thanked Stanley for his help.
No one was injured during the incident, Stanley said.
Turnbull commended Stanley for acting quickly in putting the fire out.
“I think it’s great,” he added.
Joe Stanley, an Elkton resident and crew leader with the town’s Department of Public Works, jumped into action Monday morning to help extinguish a car fire.