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2010


Halon Extinguishers Put Out Plane Windshield Fire

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that two Halon extinguishers were used to extinguish a fire on a Boeing 757 in May of 2010. About thirty minutes into the flight from Los Angeles to New York City, the pilots became aware of a strong, acrid smell and saw smoke coming from the lower front windshield. The captain and first officer put on oxygen masks and smoke goggles, and the captain then located a Halon extinguisher and discharged it. While the fire initially did dissipate, it reignited and the captain obtained a second extinguisher to finish it off. The plane was diverted to the Washington D.C. area where airport firefighters confirmed that the fire had abated.
Source: NTSB

Two Boys Take Correct Action in Fire Event

Two boys in the Cincinnati area saved their home from a fire in February of 2010 and were rewarded by the fire department, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The youngest boy heard the smoke detector go off and alerted everyone in the house. The older boy went after the fire extinguisher while their mother's boyfriend called 911. The fire department arrived to finish fighting the fire and no one was injured. Thank you to Jim Fraser of Silco Fire Protection for sending along this story.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer, March 12, 2010

Cop on Security Duty Puts Out Stage Curtain Fire

While working security duty at a theatre in Salt Lake City in March of 2010, a police officer spotted and attacked a fire with two extinguishers, as reported on KSL.com. The police officer first smelled something coming from the stage. He went to check on it and saw the stage curtains on fire. He used two extinguishers to quell the fire, and the fire department arrived to finish it off. A police department representative stated to ksl.com, "By his quick thinking, we averted a huge disaster." A fire department representative reaffirmed this statement by noting the building has access issues, and if the fire had reached the building structure, putting it out would have been more difficult.
Source: www.ksl.com

Suppression System Plus Portable Quell Kitchen Fire

A combination of kitchen fire suppression and quick bystander reaction successfully put out a fire at a restaurant in late May 2010 according to KAAL-TV in Austin, Minnesota. A man stopped in traffic reacted when his wife noticed smoke coming from a restaurant. As he approached the building, he came across a restaurant employee whom he asked about the location of a fire extinguisher. He used the extinguisher to put out the portion of the fire on the grill that the suppression system hadn't knocked out.
Source: www.kaaltv.com

Balanced Fire Protection Saves an Apartment and a Home

The combination of a smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher helped contain a fire in an apartment in late April 2010 according to the Contra Costa Times. Firefighters arrived at the apartment in Arcata, California, to find that it had already been evacuated and the fire contained. The occupants had been alerted by their smoke alarm and had used a fire extinguisher on a burning mattress and clothing.

Balanced protection was also in effect at a Westport, Connecticut, home in early June 2010. According to WestportNow, an assistant fire chief stated that "Early warning of the fire by the sounding of smoke detectors in the home and the use of a fire extinguisher kept this fire to a minimum." The family had been awakened in the middle of the night by their smoke detector, and the homeowner put out a desk fire with his home fire extinguisher.
Source: www.contracostatimes.com, www.westportnow.com

Extinguisher Minimizes Home Kitchen Fire Damage

An eighteen-year-old was cooking chicken on the stove when a fire started at an apartment in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, according to the Kittanning Paper. The late May 2010 fire caused minimal damage thanks to the actions of the eighteen-year-old. The Kittanning Paper reported that the local fire chief stated, "The resident put it out himself with a fire extinguisher. If he wouldn't have used the fire extinguisher, there are open spaces in the ceiling and another minute or two could have had it a lot worse than it was."
Source: www.kittanningpaper.com


2009


Apartment Residents Thankful for Extinguisher Maintenance

Savannah, GA--Two months after having its fire extinguishers serviced, an apartment building in Savannah, Georgia, was saved by a man using one of those extinguishers. According to the local news station, WTOC, a grease fire was started by a woman cooking inside her apartment. Another resident heard her screams and went to investigate. He retrieved an extinguisher to put the fire out, meanwhile alarms went off and the sprinklers were triggered. Although there was smoke and water damage, no residents got displaced, which WTOC stated wouldn't have been possible if the resident hadn't used the extinguisher. WTOC also said the residents were thankful that their extinguishers had just been serviced.
Source: WTOC, Jan. 7, 2009, www.wtoctv.com

Bystander Helps after Car Crashes into School Bus

Evanston, OH--After observing a car crash into a school bus full of children, a 65-year-old man used his extinguisher to put out a fire when the car went up in flames. The driver of the car had been fleeing from a vehicle it had hit earlier and had run through a stop sign and hit the bus, sending the bus into a postal van, over a curb, and into a tree. The fire extinguisher–wielding man also helped get kids off the bus. Fortunately, there were no fatal injuries. Thank you to Jim Fraser of Silco Fire Protection of Cincinnati, Ohio, for sending in this story.
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, March 10, 2009

Portable Saves Rural Farm Equipment Shop

Woodhull, NY--NAFED member Monroe Extinguisher of Rochester, New York, filed an incident report on a 6–10 lb. A:B:C dry chemical extinguisher that successfully extinguished a fire at a farm equipment repair shop. The fire was ignited by a service tech who was using a grinding wheel and did not notice a small bucket of gasoline below the work area. Sparks from the grinding wheel caught the bucket on fire. A portable extinguisher has on hand, and the tech used it to put the fire out before it spread to the wall or the other machines in the area. This was fortunate because the shop does not have sprinklers and is located in a rural area that is two miles from the nearest volunteer fire department.

Dry Chemical and CO2 Used on Electrical Fire

Shreveport, LA--An electrical fire on the roof of a medical center was put out with a dry chemical extinguisher and a CO2 extinguisher. Twenty-two patients were evacuated from the building and responding firefighters brought the fire, which was ignited in a 10,000-volt electrical box on the roof, under control within forty-five minutes. Thank you to Clayton Norred of Norred Fire Systems of West Monroe, Louisiana, for sending along this story.
Source: Shreveport Times, March 8, 2009, www.shreveporttimes.com

Neighbor Comes to Aid of Disabled Man

Waco, TX--An apartment fire which was ignited in the kitchen of an amputee who uses a wheelchair was put out by a quick-acting neighbor. An assistant chief of the local fire department was quoted in the Waco Tribune-Herald saying, "I've got to hand it to the citizen who grabbed his own fire extinguisher and put the fire out. It could have been a lot worse if he hadn't done that." The assistant chief also noted that the man in the wheelchair may not have been able to exit his apartment without his neighbor's quick response.
Source: Waco Tribune-Herald, March 21, 2009, www.wacotrib.com

Police Officer, Hood System, Save Restaurant from Fire

Victoria, TX--A police officer was the first to respond to the scene of an overnight fire at a Furr's Family Dining restaurant. The officer used a fire extinguisher from his vehicle and another from the restaurant's kitchen to contain the fire until the fire department arrived. According to the Victoria Advocate, the officer was quoted saying "I wouldn't have even gone if I hadn't thought that by going in I could save the restaurant from going up." The city fire marshal noted that the fire started in the electrical controls near a stove. The stove's hood system was activated and helped extinguish most of the fire.
Source: Victoria Advocate, February 13, 2009, www.victoriaadvocate.com

Security Guard Puts Out Fire at High School

Gurnee, IL--According to the Gurnee Review, a security guard helped prevent significant damage to a high school by reacting quickly to put it out. The guard smelled smoke coming from inside the boys' bathroom so he pulled the fire alarm and used an extinguisher to extinguish the small fire. The school was evacuated and the guard was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Source: Gurnee Review, February 28, 2009, www.gurnee-review.com

Extinguisher Limits Damage to Dorm Room

Corvallis, OR--Here is another example of why even when fire sprinklers are present on college campuses, back-up fire protection is a valuable thing. A fire was ignited in a dorm room at Oregon State University by an electrical power strip that was covered by paper. The dorm room resident used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out before the sprinkler system was even triggered. As a result, according to the Corvallis Gazette Times, damage was limited to a few personal belongings and a closet.
Source: Corvallis Gazette Times, January 23, 2009, www.gazettetimes.com

Dog Revives Man to Finish Fighting Fire

Akron, OH--A recently laid-off man who was at home during the day saw smoke coming from his neighbor's kitchen and came to the rescue with a fire extinguisher. The initial discharge of the extinguisher apparently caused a backlash that knocked him to the ground, and he hit his head on the extinguisher. The homeowner's dog saw him lying there and proceeded to lick his face. This brought the man back so he could finish successfully extinguishing the fire.
Source: Akron Beacon Journal, January 29, 2009, www.ohio.com

Extinguishers Battle Smoldering House Scraps

Monroe Extinguisher of Rochester, New York, filed a May 2009 incident report on one of their customers, a material scrap yard. During the incident, someone dropped off a large dumpster of wood from a house fire. They were not aware that the contents were still smoldering. Before the pile was hauled away it went up in flames. The staff at the scrap yard reacted as trained and put out the fire with portable extinguishers, using up one 2–5 lb. A:B:C and two 16–20 lb. A:B:C.

Extinguisher Helps with Late-Detected House Fire

Susquehanna Fire Equipment of Dewart, Pennsylvania, filed a report in July 2009 on a home owner who used a 10 lb. A:B:C extinguisher to put out a fire. The home owner had been smelling something hot all day and felt uneasy about going to bed, so he made the decision to sleep downstairs. He was awoken by the sound of a crackling noise which turned out to be the siding melting on the upper backside of the house. An outside receptacle had malfunctioned, which caused the fire. The home owner used their extinguisher to put out the Class A and C fire before the fire department arrived.

Let's Hear It for Loaners

A September 2009 report filed by Monroe Extinguisher of Rochester, New York, displays the importance of giving loaners to customers when an extinguisher is out for service. While a customer's 20 lb. A:B:C extinguisher was out being hydrotested, an oil-soaked rag caught on fire in their building. They were able to use a loaner extinguisher that Monroe had left them to put out the fire.


2008


Mattress Fire Put Out Using Hand Extinguishers

Chicago, Illinois--Two people were slightly injured after a small fire broke out in a downtown high-rise in Chicago in January. A mattress caught fire in an apartment on the ninth floor of the building around 11:45 a.m. according to the Chicago Fire Department. The fire was quickly put out using hand extinguishers. It was not clear whether the fire was extinguished by maintenance workers from the building or firefighters. Two maintenance workers were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Source: Chicago Tribune

Using Extinguishers Was the Right Thing to Do

Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania--A fire broke out in the chimney of a Lake Ariel home in early January. The homeowners used a fire extinguisher against the flames before calling 911. The Wayne Independent newspaper of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, reported that the Deputy Chief of the Lake Ariel Fire Company stated, "In this case, it was the right thing to do. It meant we had a much more manageably-sized fire to deal with when we got there, and it minimized the structural damage the homeowners faced." When firefighters arrived to the scene, they were able to put out the fire in 7-10 minutes. No one was injured and property damage was minimal.
Source: Wayne Independent

Wal-Mart Shopper Helps Fight Fire

Ceres, California--It's a good thing Christie Sipes was on hand when a fire broke out in a California Wal-Mart in late January. Sipes, who was currently taking Emergency Medical Technician courses, had been shopping in the jewelry section when a fire broke out in the menswear department. According to the Modesto Bee, Sipes said, "A manager came running over and had the employee in the jewelry department call Code Red over the intercom. I knew what that meant, plain and simple. Fire." Sipes went to see if she could help. When she saw one of the store employees struggling to use a fire extinguisher properly, she took matters into her own hands. Sipes told the Modesto Bee, "The manager was using her extinguisher on the center of the flames. I started at the bottom." Sipes was hospitalized briefly for smoke inhalation and the Wal-Mart store manager offered to pay her medical bills.
Source: The Modesto Bee

Proper Extinguisher Training Saves Plant

Bangor, Wisconsin--NAFED member Fire Protection Specialists received an emergency response call from a coal-fired power generation station customer in early April. A fire had been started by a 2400-volt unit auxiliary breaker. The properly-trained plant personnel were able to put out the fire with seven wheeled-unit fire extinguishers and five cartridge operated extinguishers. Major damage was avoided and the building's sprinkler system was not activated. Fire Protection Specialists responded to the service call and recharged and delivered the fire extinguishers back to the plant by the following morning.

Customers Thankful They Had a Fire Extinguisher

Rockland, Massachusetts--NAFED member R.E. Lyons reported two customers who stated that they were glad to have an extinguisher on hand when fires broke out at their respective locations. In the first incident, a laundry basket was left on top of a hot stove in a residential building. A maintenance man said there was no way he could have waited for the fire department to arrive. It took him 30 seconds to put out the fire with an ABC extinguisher where it would have taken the fire department five minutes just to arrive. The second incident was caused by a lantern fire at a furniture store. The store maintenance man said that his water mist extinguisher helped him put out the fire before it got out of control.

Rescue from Fiery Crash Possible Thanks to Extinguisher

Johnson City, Tennessee--Passers-by helped remove victims from a burning vehicle following a crash on a Tennessee interstate in early April. The first to the scene, Tim Scott, stopped to help with a fire extinguisher from his vehicle. Husband and wife Jeff and Michelle Kegley also stopped to help. On a local news station report, Michelle said, "If this gentleman [Scott] hadn't had a fire extinguisher, they could not have gotten to the women." Jeff also believed that the fire extinguisher was essential. "You could tell he [Scott] knew what he was doing. He was fighting at the base of the fire. He wasn't just shooting everywhere; he was actually shooting the base of the fire. When I saw that, I thought he knows what he's doing, let's see what we can do."
Source: www.tricities.com

Extinguisher Ownership Proves Maxim "Better Safe than Sorry"

Paris, Illinois--Using two extinguishers, a man put out a kitchen fire in an apartment in late February. Just home from working the late shift, Chris Boling noticed a light, which turned out to be a fire, in a neighboring apartment duplex. The fire was started by unattended french fries cooking in grease on a stove. Boling grabbed a fire extinguisher from his own building, emptied it on the fire, and left to get another. The apartment lacked any extinguishers of its own. The Paris Beacon News reported Boling stating, "We actually have quite a few extinguishers in the house. My dad is real safety conscious and buys several a year. It's a good lesson. It's better to be safe than sorry." When Boling returned to the burning apartment the tenant who lived there was trying to douse the flames. "He was making it worse. It was a grease fire and he was throwing water on it. I had to make him get out," Boling said according to the Paris Beacon News. Boling's second extinguisher took care of the fire. When the fire department arrived they only had to check for hot spots. The apartment building owners were grateful for Boling's actions. They believe that the damage would have been much worse if he hadn't arrived and lives may have been lost.
Source: Paris Beacon News

Boy Helps Mother Put Out Fire

Wrightsville Beach, NC--It's good to know that the straightforward simplicity of the PASS technique can get stuck in the head of anyone, even a ten-year-old. When a fire broke out in his kitchen, ten-year-old Jared Rosbrugh knew exactly what to do and even gave his mother a quick lesson on fire extinguisher use in the process. The Lumina News reported that the fire in Jared's home was started by a plastic object left on the stove. Jared's mother attempted to use a fire extinguisher on the fire without pulling the pin first. Jared, who was watching from the doorway, told his mother she needed to pull the pin. Upon squeezing the nozzle again, this time with the pin out, Jared's mother discharged extinguishing agent onto the floor. Jared told his mother that she needed to aim the hose at the fire. Thanks to Jared's coaching, his mother was able to get the fire under control. Jared's expert knowledge came thanks to school visits from the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department and casual observation of a fire extinguisher in the school cafeteria. Jared's mother told the Lumina News that, "Apparently, after he eats lunch, he just turns his head and reads the instructions on the fire extinguisher."
Source: Lumina News, www.luminanews.com

Disgruntled Flight Attendant Starts Plane Fire

Fargo, ND--Airline passengers aren't the only ones not too thrilled about flying these days. On May 7, 2008, a commercial plane was forced to land in Fargo, North Dakota, while on route from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan, due to a fire that was ignited in the rear bathroom. The fire was started by a nineteen-year-old flight attendant, Eder Rojas, who was angry at being put on that flight. All signs indicate that Rojas planned his actions ahead, smuggling a lighter on board and, according to a report by the Star-Tribune, requesting additional paper towels and placing them in the bathroom dispenser before the flight took off. He used the lighter to ignite the paper towels and then continued preparing his cart to serve passengers. When an indicator light went off both Rojas himself and another flight attendant responded to the fire. Onboard fire extinguishers thankfully made this only a minor incident. Rojas, however, could face up to twenty years in prison for starting the fire on the plane.
Sources: Associated Press and Star-Tribune, www.startribune.com

Purple K Helps Fight Helicopter Fire

Grand Rapids, MI--Although the fire extinguishers could not put out the fire themselves, NAFED member Fire-Fighter Sales & Service out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, reported that two 30-pound cartridge-operated Purple K extinguishers and one 125-pound wheeled Purple K unit were put into service at the Spectrum Health hospital in Grand Rapids in late May. A medical transport helicopter crashed onto the helipad of the hospital, requiring the city's firefighters to carry hose lines up the building in order to completely extinguish the fire.

Inspected Just in Time

Waterloo, IA--In a fortunate coincidence, a business manager in Iowa contained a fire in a neighboring house not long after the fire department inspected her business and found she needed to update her fire extinguisher. According to the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier, the answering service manager placed a call of her own to 911 when her neighbors from the burning building came to ask for help. Although she had never used an extinguisher before, she went over with her recently updated extinguisher and contained the flames until Waterloo Fire Rescue arrived.
Source: Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier, www.wcfcourier.com

Teacher Quenches Science Experiment

Hudson, OH--A high school science teacher used a classroom fire extinguisher to put out a fire that was ignited after an experiment. According to the Hudson Hub-Times, the entire school was evacuated to be safe, but the teacher had the fire extinguished before the fire department arrived. The teacher had finished conducting an experiment with molten copper and according to reports from the Hudson Hub-Times, a piece of the copper fell through a crack in the caulking around the drain of the sink where the materials were disposed. Cardboard located underneath the sink then caught fire. The science teacher evacuated her students, had them pull the fire alarm, and then used the fire extinguisher on the fire.
Source: Hudson Hub-Times, www.hudsonhubtimes.com

Extinguisher Abates Lightening Fire

Frederick, MD--A fire caused by a lightening strike in a Maryland home in late April was put out by the homeowner, Don Noland. According to the Frederick News-Post, "Don's quick use of water and then a fire extinguisher may have saved his house from going up in flames." The newspaper reported that the lightening first struck the ground near a tree and then traveled to the house, setting a wall on fire. After hearing what he thought was an explosion, Don discovered the fire in his laundry room. He attempted to pour bottles of water on the fire to put it out and then remembered he had an extinguisher. Although he didn't put out the fire, he kept it under control until the fire department arrived. The Frederick News-Post quoted Don saying, "The firemen told me that whole house would be gone if I hadn't done that."
Source: Frederick News-Post

Fire Safety Kudos

Bullhead City, AZ--A candle fire in an Arizona home was quickly put out thanks to the combined presence of a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher. According to the Mohave Daily News, the residents of the home had been watching television when the smoke detector went off. They used a portable fire extinguisher they had on hand to put the fire out. The Bullhead City Fire Department fire marshal, Jim Dykens, was reported saying, "A big plus and kudos to smoke detectors and fire extinguishers being in the home." The damage was contained to the closet where the candle and some incense were burning.
Source: Mohave Daily News, mohavedailynews.com

Football Moms Tackle School Fire

Snohomish County, WA--Thanks to five football moms and multiple fire extinguishers, an elementary school in Washington was saved from extensive damage in late July of this year. The Daily Herald of Everett, Washington, reported that two of the moms were walking the track around the high school where their sons' football practice was taking place when they spotted smoke coming from the nearby elementary school. A man who lived near the school arrived with a fire extinguisher, which was used to break the building's windows in order to obtain more extinguishers from inside. Other moms joined the scene and together they all helped fight the fire with the extinguishers. The moms' collective efforts against the fire were praised by local officials. A spokesperson for the local fire department stated, "They definitely helped to contain it. It was minutes from being a large-scale attic fire in the school." The director of operations for the effected school district said, "Their quick response, I think, made a huge difference."
Thank you to NAFED member Inter-Island Fire-Safe Co. of Oak Harbor, Washington, for sending in this story.
Source: The Daily Herald, www.heraldnet.com

Ten Extinguishers Save Man in Burning Car

Vancouver, Canada--A Vancouver man caught in a burning car following an accident was saved thanks to the efforts of nine police officers. The officers rounded up fire extinguishers from passing motorists and nearby houses to help fight the fire. Ten extinguishers later, the fire department showed up and helped pry the man from his car. The man went to the hospital with burns and internal injuries.
Thank you to NAFED member Acme Fire and Safety Co. Ltd. in Burnaby, British Columbia, for submitting this story titled, "Hunt for extinguishers saved driver" from the Vancouver Province.

An Automatic Portable?

Eldridge, Iowa--NAFED member Company One Fire Suppression & Safety Solutions of Fulton, Illinois, filed an incident report on an ABC dry chemical extinguisher that self-activated to put out a fire. In one of the industrial buildings the company services a fire broke out in the middle of the night, started by a short in a paint booth generator which ignited Class B materials in a nearby trash barrel. The fire melted an extinguisher hanging above the trash barrel, which then self-activated and put out the fire.

Extinguisher Saves Equipment on US Base in Iraq

Balad, Iraq--It's good to have a group of well-trained airmen around when a fire starts. A fire caused by a broken gaslight fixture on the Joint Base Balad in Iraq was quickly put out, saving $52 million in aircraft parts in late September of 2008. Four airmen responded to the fire. One smelled the smoke and alerted the others. Another located an extinguisher and cleared the area. Another used the extinguisher on the base of the fire. The fourth called the Joint Base Balad Fire Department. Airmen are required by the Air Force to be trained in the use of fire extinguishers. They are also asked to perform their own monthly visual inspections while on base.
Source: "Quick fire response saves $52 million in vital equipment," www.balad.afcent.af.mil/news

Extinguisher Training Pays Off for Nursing Home

Jacksonville, IL--A worker at a Jacksonville nursing home put out a trash can fire with a dry chemical extinguisher in late October 2008. There was enough smoke to set off the automatic alarm but by the time firefighters arrived there was little work for them to do. According to the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, the local fire department had previously conducted fire extinguisher training at the nursing home. The newspaper quoted one of the responding firefighters saying, "It was good to see that they knew how to use the fire extinguisher, because we have done fire extinguisher demonstrations out there in the past…this is one of the reasons we do it, so if they have a small fire they can contain it before we get there."
Source: Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Oct. 25, 2008, www.myjournalcourier.com

Restaurant Damage Contained Thanks to Kitchen Extinguishers

Muskegon, MI--A grease fire at the Racquets Downtown Grill in Muskegon, Michigan, was stopped from spreading by what The Muskegon Chronicle listed as "a 'wet chemical' extinguisher designed for commercial cooking operations," among other extinguishers. The newspaper reported that the fire was started by the restaurant's cook who was replacing a knob on the stove and in the process may have hit a natural gas line. While grease buildup in the stove fed the fire, the local fire marshal told the newspaper that the use of the extinguishers halted the fire from climbing into the duct work. Damage was minimal and estimated at about $7000.
Source: The Muskegon Chronicle, Nov. 4, 2008, www.mlive.com

Portables Put to Use at University

Vestal, NY--A fire in the basement of the Binghamton University Union Building in December 2008 was put out with a fire extinguisher before the fire department arrived. The building was evacuated and no one was hurt, according to the local news station News 10 Now. It's unclear, but the fire may have been related to construction that was going on in the building.
Thanks to NAFED member Craig T. Roe, Action Fire & Safety of Kirkwood, New York, for submitting this story.
Source: news10now.com, Dec. 17, 2008

Wal-Mart McDonald's Saved by Kitchen System

Tucson, AZ--The fire department only had to use a portable extinguisher to fully extinguish a fire in a McDonald's kitchen fryer thanks to an extinguishing system that was activated by an employee during the initial stages of the fire, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Around 150 people were evacuated from the Wal-Mart that the McDonald's is located inside of. While the McDonald's closed for the day, the rest of the store later re-opened.
Source: Arizona Daily Star, Dec. 10, 2008, www.azstarnet.com

Classic Car Collector Averts Disaster from Fire

Prescott, AZ--A classic car enthusiast in Prescott, Arizona, was smartly prepared to protect his valuable collection from fire. According to the Daily Courier, he was changing the carburetor on a 1940 Ford Coupe in his garage and when he attempted to start the car a fuel line came loose, resulting in an engine fire. Although the Coupe didn't escape damage, he was able to use the large dry-chemical extinguisher he had on hand to save his other cars and his house.
Source: The Daily Courier, Dec. 21, 2008, prescottdailycourier.com

Teenage Boy Put Training to Test

Dewart, PA--NAFED member Susquehanna Fire of Dewart, Pennsylvania, filed an incident report on a fire at a residential building that was put out by a teenage boy. He used two 2–5 lb. A:B:C dry chemical extinguishers to contain the blaze. Thankfully, prior to the incident his parents had given him instructions on how to use a fire extinguisher. The fire department was not called or needed.

Movie Equipment Saved by Extinguisher

North Bergen, NJ--According to an incident report filed by NAFED member Campbell Fire Protection of Suffern, New York, millions of dollars in film and movie props were saved at a media storage facility thanks to one 6–10 lb. A:B:C dry chemical extinguisher. The Class A fire was ignited by a table saw that was being used in the building. The fire was extinguished before the building's sprinkler system could be set off, saving the property from what would have been extensive water damage.

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