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    Exclamation It was just a "routine" car fire...

    A few pictures from a small pickup truck fire we had in January. PD arrived on scene first, used their ABC dry chem's to put fire out, called back about 3 mintutes later to ask us to step it up as the truck was actually still on fire. Compartment fire with extention under the hood. Started overhaul and this is what we found...
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    It got hot enough to spider and rainbow the windshield
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    I soaked the interior with foam and them scaned with the Thermal Imager and something was still glowing hot.
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    So I got closer... YIKES!
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    Oh, did I mention the owner was standing there the whole time and until we asked him he volunteered no info about the fact that his pistol and a "little" ammo was in the truck! Fould the holster on the floor with two loaded magazine, the pistol was in the center armrest unloaded.
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    Found a loaded 20 round M-14 magazine (.308cal)
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    here's where the M-14 magazine was found
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    dug around a little and found this 1/2 gallon milk jug full of 45ACP rounds... it was on the floor of the driver's side when I found it, I placed it in the bed of the pickup for the photo.
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    Oh, and 8lbs of rifle gun power. Notice the handle had begun to melt
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    Now I know the smokeless gunpowder will not explode unless contained, but still 8lbs would have made quite a flash and could have hurt us. So the moral of the story is, it was not a "routine" call. Even though there was very little fire showing when we pulled up things could have gotten ugly fast. The PD checked the guy out, everything was legal and he was good to go. I just wish he would have warned us as we approached, but I suppose that's asking a little too much. Special thanks to J.H. for the photos.
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    OK, while I think Canada's gun registry law is ridiculous, and penalizes law abiding gun owners, while not reducing the illegal gun trade and use, I still thank God for our very stringent gun laws!!

    Carrying that much ammunition around is insane!! And what was that idiot thinking (or not, as it turns out) by not telling the crews that there was hazardous materials in his car? I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but having the right to bear arms shouldn't extend to carrying enough ammunition to slaughter all the animals in the San Diego Zoo!!

    Personally, I think the American Constitution was written incorrectly. Someone transposed a few words, I think it was supposed to be written 'The Right to Arm Bears'. That would have changed everything about hunting season, wouldn't it?

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    Originally posted by CommDiva
    OK, while I think Canada's gun registry law is ridiculous, and penalizes law abiding gun owners, while not reducing the illegal gun trade and use, I still thank God for our very stringent gun laws!!

    Carrying that much ammunition around is insane!! And what was that idiot thinking (or not, as it turns out) by not telling the crews that there was hazardous materials in his car? I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but having the right to bear arms shouldn't extend to carrying enough ammunition to slaughter all the animals in the San Diego Zoo!!

    Personally, I think the American Constitution was written incorrectly. Someone transposed a few words, I think it was supposed to be written 'The Right to Arm Bears'. That would have changed everything about hunting season, wouldn't it?

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    CommDiva...you are opening up an entirely new can of worms with this post.

    I find it ironic that Canda welcomes Americans who want to go hunting in your country with open arms... must be the $$$$$$$$$$$.... and no, I am not a hunter...

    Fire 304...excellent post!
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    A car fire is just like a dumpster, You never know what you will find in it.

    Now days you have to expect to find something that isn't normally found in a vehicle if you get a call for a fire in same.

    It may be hard to do this, but if it is fully involved and you know that no one in inside a vehicle, it may be better to put large amounts of watewr on the fire from a safe distance. It may be better to let it burn than to get up on it.

    A lot of people carry fire arms in their vehicles now days. Like the American Express commerical, "Don't leave home without it". I always have my offical licensed piece with me.





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