Car catches fire and goes out moments before house catches fire – PortageOnline.com
The local fire department’s quick response time, combined with what some might consider timely coincidences in a home, prevented a home from quickly turning into a fire in Portage la Prairie this evening.
A 911 call was made tonight around 6 p.m. regarding a car fire in the driveway of a house on 5th Street SE. The car was parked just three feet from the old house which could have easily caught fire if the fire had not been put out as soon as it was.
Captain Todd McKinnon was at the scene and says they arrived with the vehicle fully involved.
“He was about three feet from the house. The fire was put out and didn’t spread to the house,” McKinnon said. “Fortunately, the house was covered with aluminum siding and the fire did not spread to the structure. It appears the fire started in the engine compartment and is being investigated.”
Car owner Brandon Blume said the family dog was barking incessantly in his kennel moments before learning of the fire.
“We couldn’t figure out why,” Blume says. “We couldn’t silence the dog. And then I asked my son to come downstairs and put away some dishes. As he came down the stairs, he looked out the window and saw everything in flames. That’s what tipped We went there They (the fire department) said if it had been a few more minutes it would have gone all the way to the house As it was an older house it would have gone up really fast. It was just perfect timing.”
He says his wife called 911 first, and she was on the phone for a few minutes, when about 30 seconds later they heard the sirens.
Blume says it seemed like an eternity, but all things considered, firefighters acted incredibly quickly.