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    Default Car Fires w/ plastic fuel tanks

    Has anybody worked a vehicle fire where the
    plastic fuel tank has burned through

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    We didn't but the dept next to us did. It was some really expensive car and the tank melted through and all the gas poured out. Apparently it was quite the sight.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    nmfire:
    We had a vehicle fire where this happened and
    I'm here to tell you it changes the rules
    first off we had to deploy a second line to
    make any headway at all, we used close to a
    1000gal. normally we use 200 to 300 gal. on
    a vehicle fire. I'm thinking AFFF would have
    been the way to go.

    interested to hear thoughts
    gfpdwh

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    Oh yea, i'm well aware it becomes a whole new ballgame. A normal car fire is for the most part Class A and it goes out when you put water from A hose on it. When 20 gallons of gas pour out, you now have an A fire being helped along by a big *** B fire they gets worse by spraying water at it.


    I wish I knew exactly what they did but I know they were there for a while and used a lot of foam.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    We had one of these during the winter. It was a late model Dodge Dakota pickup. The box was full of furniture/household effects during a move. The fuel tank had been "gently" ruptured, which means it didnt blow... it just leaked!

    I worked the Engine, but had a pretty nice view of what was going on, and it took over 1000 gal of water, and some judicious operations with the chop saw to expose enough of the tank to be able to fill the tank with foam enough to interupt ignition. At one point we also batch mixed foam right into the port-a-tank, to augment what was coming from the Engine.

    I wish I had a movie camera on that one, because it was the first "3-D" fire that I had seen, and everytime the crews thought they had it out and overhauled, fuel would drip and rekindle.

    The end result is they are fun/not fun, and can go sideways real hard real fast. I think mostly we just got lucky having a good crew on it. But it was fun watching from the sidelines.
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