[DML] Importance of a Fire Extinguisher
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[DML] Importance of a Fire Extinguisher

When I bought my car in 2001, I made sure to put a fire extinguisher in it.
You hear random stories of electrical or engine fires and how important it
is to be ready.   You may or may not put one into your car and always hope
you will never encounter a situation where you might need it.   Today was
NOT that day.


On my way with several other Deloreans to do some volunteer service giving
rides to children with cancer at a special camp in NY State, a startling
sight appeared in front of my eyes.   The Delorean in front of me rounded
the corner and started the last stretch of road about ½ mile from our
destination.   I instantly saw flames coming up from the engine compartment
on his car!   Unaware of what was happening due to a visual obstruction on
the back of his car I started to honk my horn, flash my lights, and wave him
over to the side of the road.


Once stopped, I hopped out of my car, popped the bonnet and grabbed my 12
year old fire extinguisher.   At the same time, another owner in the car
behind me did the same thing.   As we ran to the car with the fire, we both
pulled the pin and sprayed the engine compartment.   My extinguisher worked,
the other did not since it has accidentally discharged once before.


The fire was quickly contained and only minor damage occurred to the car.
The root cause appeared to be a ruptured fuel line that spit gas onto the
engine and ignited into flames.  A few hoses and wires were melted, but the
overall outcome was a happy one where nobody was hurt, and the car was not
heavily damaged.   Thankfully we had something to extinguish the fire!


It?s important to always keep a fire extinguisher in your car and check it
at least once per year.    It?s a small investment that can save you and
your car!


Kevin Abato

Vin# 16680

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