Elk­ton DPW em­ployee puts out car fire Mon­day morn­ing

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRIANNA SHEA


— 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.


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