SLFD kept busy by 2 car fires hours apart

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGIL­BERT

San Luis fire­fight­ers re­sponded to two car fires in less than two hours Wednes­day that were half a mile apart, one of which spread to a nearby tree and an­other ve­hi­cle.

Luis Ce­breros, a spokesper­son for the San Luis Fire De­part­ment, said the first car fire hap­pened around noon when fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the BBB gas sta­tion on 1st Av­enue, where they found an unat­tended car parked be­hind the build­ing. “Heavy black smoke and flames were com­ing out from un­der the hood and un­der­neath the ve­hi­cle,” Ce­breros said.

Ce­breros added that a tree in front of the car was also fully en­gulfed in flames and the fire had spread to the front end of the ve­hi­cle parked next to it. The ve­hi­cle fires were quickly ex­tin­guished us­ing foam from the fire truck, and Ce­breros said ef­forts were made to se­cure the ve­hi­cles while the own­ers were lo­cated.

Less than two hours later, fire­fight­ers re­sponded to an­other ve­hi­cle fire in an­other park­ing lot, this one a paid lot about half mile from the pre­vi­ous ve­hi­cle fire.

“From a dis­tance, a gray and black col­umn of smoke could be seen,” Ce­breros said.

Once fire­fight­ers were able to make en­try into the se­cured lot, Ce­breros said they were able to con­fine the fire to only one ve­hi­cle and quickly ex­tin­guish it.

The ac­tual cause of the ve­hi­cle fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The owner of the ve­hi­cle was not present but at­tempts to lo­cate him were made by po­lice.

De­spite be­ing very hot on Wednes­day, no in­juries were re­ported.

LOANED PHOTO/SAN LUIS FIRE DE­PART­MENT

SAN LUIS FIRE­FIGHT­ERS RE­SPONDED TO TWO CAR FIRES in less than two hours on Wednes­day. Both of the fires, one of which oc­curred to an unat­tended car parked be­hind a gas sta­tion, the other in a se­cured park­ing lot, were quickly ex­tin­guished. Of­fi­cials...

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