Santa Paula Firefighters extinguished a blaze Thursday that started inside a parked vehicle. An off-duty SPFD Firefighter used a garden hose to control the flames until the engine could arrive on scene.

Off-duty SPFD Firefighter controls vehicle fire until engine arrives

May 21, 2014
Santa Paula News

An off-duty Santa Paula Fire Firefighter was able to apply the brakes to a vehicle fire when he used a garden hose to contain the blaze until an engine arrived on scene.

According to SPFD Captain Jesse Phillips, the incident occurred Thursday, May 15 at about 11:38 a.m. when a vehicle fire was reported on East Main Street.

Off-duty Engineer John Harber Sr. of the SPFD was the first on the scene of the fire that started inside a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence located at 602 E. Main St.

“John was driving eastbound on Main Street,” when he noticed the fire, pulled over and grabbed a garden hose to fight the blaze inside the 1978 El Camino “to contain the fire as best as he could... “

Harber was able to keep the fire from spreading to the house although Phillips said, “A little fencing board,” was singed by the flames.

The fire was quickly extinguished once firefighters arrived on scene.

Two residents were at the single-family dwelling at the time the fire erupted but Phillips said the owner of the El Camino, which appeared to be undergoing restoration, was not.

There were no injuries and Phillips said damages were limited to the vehicle’s unknown value. 

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