Vehicle fire at Genesis Place quickly extinguished

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A vehicle fire at Genesis Place Recreation Centre March 2 is a good reminder for residents to ensure their vehicles are well maintained, according to Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) Deputy Fire Chief Garth Rabel.

“It’s the importance of ongoing maintenance, and ensuring your vehicle is in good winter running order,” he said.

“Check your block heater well in advance of needing it. Make sure your vehicle is running properly and is mechanically sound. That’s a good way to avoid some of these things.”

Crews from the AFD were called to the west parking lot at Genesis Place at approximately 4:18 p.m.

“They found that there was a mid-size SUV with fire showing under the hood in the engine compartment, burning relatively well,” Rabel said.

“The blaze extended itself and damaged some paint and plastics on the exterior of three other vehicles.”

According to Rabel, putting out a gas-vehicle fire isn’t that much different to putting out a fire in a building.

“The crews can breach the hood and get water on it. The principles are the same – just in the engine compartment, it can be difficult to get to,” he said. “The firefighters did a good job and got it knocked down quickly.

Rabel said the department received multiple calls about the fire. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the AFD.

“Crews quickly got it knocked down and then it was towed away so the incident could be investigated,” he said.

“Both vehicle and pedestrian traffic was disrupted temporarily in the area until it was deemed safe and the vehicle could be moved.”

Five firefighters and two pieces of apparatus responded to this fire.

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