Estevan Fire and Rescue, as well as the Estevan Police Service, were called to a residence on the northwest side of the city around 11:45 am on Thursday morning.
"Estevan Fire Department was alerted to a report of a vehicle fire on the Northwest portion of the city. Crews arrived on scene and found that one vehicle was still indeed actively on fire at the time," explains Fire Chief Dale Feser. "The homeowner was frantically trying to extinguish the fire with water, but we were able to get in there and apply a fire extinguisher agent on to knock the vehicle fire down. The fire truck arrived on scene and continued to disconnect the battery assembly as there was an issue with the electrical wiring within the vehicle its self. Thereby eliminating the electrical hazard and ignition source we kept on monitoring it to ensure it was indeed put out."
"Thank goodness that it was quick acting thoughts of the homeowner to quickly call 911 so we could get in there with the vehicle. Fires tend to progress quickly, so I don't recommend trying to extinguish a vehicle fire by yourself, as the toxic gasses are given off by the smoke are very nasty. you are looking at hydrogen cyanide and hydrogen chloride gases are given off when a lot of the products are burning inside the vehicle. We always try to get in there and wear proper PTE respiratory protection when we deal with any vehicle fires."