When we were driving by this is what the truck looked like!

1-5 NB Bow Hill Rd Car Fire (7/11/09)

I didn't want to really post this, But my family learned alot after seeing this today, please read!!! We were driving North on I-5 early this evening, after a long fun day, we came across this truck that was smoking up on Bow Hill, just north of Burlington, in Skagit County. We stopped to make sure that everyone was okay and to see if we could assist with moving the trailer. Everyone was okay, the daughter of the couple that owned truck kept telling everyone to stay away, which we totally understand for our safety, but there was more then enough time to save their valuables from the truck and move the trailer (which had propane tanks on it), The truck was a total loss and the trailer as far as I could tell (from a distance) was slightly damaged, but I could be wrong, anyway there was a lesson that my family learned today, Out of about 50+ motor vehicles including our vehicle, were not equipped with fire extinguishers, I believe that if at least 3 of the vechicles, possibly a few more had fire extinguishers, this truck could've been saved. (might I add, what caused the fire from what we could tell was a blown motor, oil fire) We had a fire extinguisher, but it was empty and old, I believe that it should be come a law/rule that every motor vehicle be equipped with a fire extinguisher. I know that I am going to get one for our truck, you never know when you are going to need one and i wish to god I had one today. There was a fire station that was less than 5 minutes away from the location of the fire, it took them about 20 min to get on scene, I believe that it is a volunteer station, Everyone was trying to figure out why it was taking so long for the fire department to respond, I kept reassuring people that they were on their way they had to get to the fire department first and then get suited up. I pray for the family who owned and drove the truck, they lost alot of personal belongings that were in the truck. I have no idea where they were from or going, but I hope they are able to replace some of the items lost.(someone made the remark, IDs passports etc were in the truck) They probably won't read this, but I am sorry for your lost, and am praying that everything will be okay, it will take time to get over the loss of the truck and trailer, I am just glad that your family was safe after seeing a scary event like this, You are in my prayers!!!

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gwennygill says ... on Saturday, Jul 11 at 10:52 PM

what an eye opener and reminder to all of us..i will definetely put one in my vehicle

litebluelady says ... on Saturday, Jul 11 at 11:38 PM

I would like to thank the ones who stopped to help. My neice was one of them in the truck. We are all very thankful they are all ok. I will be putting one in our vehicles as well.

randk4040@msn.com says ... on Saturday, Jul 11 at 11:54 PM

I want to Thank you so much for stopping to help Our Family today. A Fire is not something any of us want to ever have to go through you loose so much. We are just thankful they all got out safe.(most important)

randk4040@msn.com says ... on Sunday, Jul 12 at 12:12 AM

Also a BIG THANKS to the Lady who stayed with them until we were able to get there thru traffic. The Paramedics were awesome helping reasure our Daughter who was havin a hard time breathing.It all happened so fast. All 5 are doin good but shook up.

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Jul 12 at 8:32 AM

just because you have a fire extinguisher with you doesn't mean you should run over to a car or truck and lift the hood,that could be a mistake.The heat under the hood could burst into flames with a sudden gasp of air once the hood is opened.

melissakay30 says ... on Sunday, Jul 12 at 8:33 AM

Your welcome for stopping, I felt it was the right thing to do, to make sure there wasn't something we could do! I just wish we had a fire extinguisher in our truck, we will by next week tho!!! I am just glad that you got out before it really started

annonymous says ... on Sunday, Jul 12 at 12:14 PM

My aunt told me to always keep some emergency things in my truck, I keep a fire extinguisher, usually 2-4 flares, and a 2.5 ton floor jack makes for fast tire changes. Ive had to replace the flares a few times for accidents, and the jack has helped

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Jul 12 at 8:43 PM

Thanks for the concern Fire extinguishers at this fire would not have made a difference and could have caused injury to the person trying to put out this car fire. I'm not trying to be negative just know what your getting yourself into. Ask a fireman

Krissy & Jack says ... on Sunday, Jul 12 at 8:48 PM

We would like to thank the volunteer firefighter that helped my daughter, her friend and her Grandparents and thank you for asking people to stay back for everybodie safety. We would like to thank all who helped and all the prayer we have recieved

Monty & Judy says ... on Sunday, Jul 12 at 11:26 PM

We are the owners of the truck, for 16 yrs. We did have an extinguisher, but this happen so fast we had to get out first...don't know the cause. "Stuff" can be replaced.We so appreciate those "angels" who stopped w/safety and care in their hearts.

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Jul 13 at 9:12 AM

Thank you for sharing this, I carry a first aid kit but I had not thought to carry an extinguisher. I will now, thank you.

Bashley108@rocketmail.com says ... on Monday, Jul 13 at 10:34 AM

wow i would be freaked out if that happened to me.it would suck to lose some valible things.good thing your safe!

Nitrofan says ... on Tuesday, Jul 14 at 12:10 PM

If you get a fire extinguisher, DON'T GET ONE OF THE LITTLE ONES that are about 3" in diameter. They only last for a few seconds! I experienced that trying to (unsuccessfully) put out a VW engine fire. Get a bigger one.

big John says ... on Wednesday, Jul 15 at 12:09 AM

Yeah, I will get one. Also, I will make sure it is big and can handle an oil fire. It is also good to have a first aid kit. But, who cares about being prepared for you and your loved ones safety.

sparkythefiredog says ... on Wednesday, Jul 15 at 7:43 PM

In the old days cars routinely had annual safety inspections. I wish they would require them again. Fire extinguisher? YOU BET! Unlike movies and TV cars rarely blow up like a bomb when they catch on fire, but never the less a dangerous scenario.

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Jul 16 at 8:46 AM

I'm the volunteer firefighter that happened by. Flames pouring from beneath the chassis (fire internal-no access). Propane tanks were on trailer (partially melted). Extinguisher not appropriate. Get out, keep safe distance, wait for firefighters.

Julie (vol.firefighter on scene) says ... on Thursday, Jul 16 at 9:18 AM

Smoke visible- pouring from engine (hood down) is indicator to NEVER raise the hood. Oxygen enters fuels fire -exploding in your face. Owners did everything right. Got everyone out, waited for help. To everyone that stopped to help- great job!

Julie (vol.firefighter on scene) says ... on Thursday, Jul 16 at 9:19 AM

Smoke visible- pouring from engine (hood down) is indicator to NEVER raise the hood. Oxygen enters fuels fire -exploding in your face. Owners did everything right. Got everyone out, waited for help. To everyone that stopped to help- great job!

Anonymous says ... on Friday, Jul 17 at 9:27 PM

I always carry a fire extingisher because I do alot of offroading. The one problem is that the foam/drychemical likes to collect in the bottom. A quick fix is to hit it against the ground but the best estinguister for cars is a co2.

Ray & Kim Capp says ... on Saturday, Aug 15 at 6:09 AM

Julie you were awesome thanx so much for helping with the little ones. They were very shook up & you were there to put them in your car so they felt safe. you were definantly the Angel that day.:)

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