Burton Fire officials stressing importance of fire extinguishers following close calls

Updated: Aug. 18, 2017 at 2:51 PM EDT
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BURTON, SC (WTOC) - Burton Fire officials are praising the public's use of fire extinguishers after three fires in three days were extinguished by bystanders before firefighters arrived.

The first fire happened Wednesday just after 10:30 a.m. Firefighters received a call for a fire on a school bus. Crews found a fire in the bus wheel well that had been extinguished by using the bus' fire extinguisher. There were no students on the bus. Officials say it started when a wheel came off. No injuries were reported and the fire was contained to the wheel well.

The second save came Thursday just before 6:30 p.m. during a vehicle fire in the J.C. Penny parking lot at the Cross Creek shopping plaza. The driver of a Ford pickup noticed smoke coming from his engine compartment as he drove through the parking lot. Firefighters say he immediately stopped his truck and used an extinguisher to put out the small fire. It was confined to a small area of the engine with limited damages.

The last incident came just after 8 a.m. Friday morning for a house fire on Shanklin Road. Fire from a malfunctioning air conditioner unit spread to a nearby couch. Bystanders shut off the power to the unit and extinguished the fire using an extinguisher. Officials say the resident was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Damages were limited to the air conditioner unit and the couch.

Burton Fire officials are using the incidents to highlight the importance of every home and vehicle having a fire extinguisher as well as the knowledge to use them. The District provides free extinguisher training for families, businesses, and community organizations.

For more information, e-mail safetyed@burtonfd.org.

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