Saratoga Springs, New York – A recent Saratoga Springs City Council meeting abruptly ended when a battery charger caught fire at the City’s dispatch center. A dispatcher in the room acted quickly and put out the flames using a portable fire extinguisher. Unlike a fire caused by lighting striking City Hall in 2018, which led […]
Lafayette, Louisiana – In Lafayette, Louisiana, a 4-year-old girl alerted her mother to a growing fire in their laundry room. The mother instructed her to leave the house and go to their meeting place. The residents then grabbed a portable fire extinguisher and successfully put out the fire. Both adults were able to safely exit […]
Baltimore, Md. — The University of Maryland Medical Center’s Emergency Department was put on “mini-disaster” status when a patient’s room caught on fire. A hospital staffer acted quickly and used a portable fire extinguisher to put out the fire while they waited for the first responders to arrive. Access to the fire extinguisher contributed to […]
Bemidji, Minn. – Firefighters in Bemidji, Minn. used a fire extinguisher to put out an apartment fire. Officials said the fire, which appears to be accidental, caused minor damage. Adjacent apartments sustained minor smoke damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Lakeland PBS / Bemidji, Minn.
West Bend, Wis. – An employee at a senior living facility in West Bend, Wis. used a fire extinguisher to fully put out a fire that broke out in a closet. Fire sprinklers were also activated in the closet. Firefighters found charred debris in the closet, along with fire extinguisher powder. One resident was transported […]
Thatcher, Ariz. – Hot air balloon ride in Arizona came to a shocking end after the balloon collided with utility lines and caught fire. After the balloon experienced a mechanical malfunction and lost thrust, the balloon clipped a utility line upon its descent and caught fire from the broken utility wire. The balloon occupants used […]
Tulsa, Okla. – An Oklahoma Natural Gas employee used a fire extinguisher from his work vehicle to help save the life of a man who was trapped in a burning vehicle after a bad rollover crash. Shane Richardson, who is also a volunteer firefighter, pulled over to help before any first responders had arrived. While […]
Port Charlotte, Fla. – Two Charlotte County deputies and a Good Samaritan are being called heroes after using a fire extinguisher and a pocketknife to save a man from a burning vehicle. Due to the “unbearable” heat from the fire, Deputies Garrett Parrish and Bryant Ovalles Vasquez used the fire extinguisher to beat back the […]
Are You Safe? Does your building require fire extinguishers throughout?
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