Fire Department Called To Winter-Weather Related Emergencies
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Jan 20 2014 4:02PM
The Marion Fire Department has been battling emergencies related to winter weather, but they say many of the emergencies could have been prevented.
Firefighters were called to a car fire Tuesday afternoon where the car was nearly destroyed. Assistant Fire Chief Tony Fox says the vehicle's exhaust pipe should have been cleared of snow, but was not, which contributed to the fire. He urges motorists to keep a shovel in your vehicle so that if you get stuck or stranded, you can shovel around your exhaust pipe in order to keep your car running safely.
Firefighters were also called to a flooded business due to overflow of running water from a shower after a drain froze in an upstairs bathroom. Sue's Tea Room on West Spencer Avenue sustained heavy water damage as a result. Fox says if you're keeping a flow of running water to prevent pipes from freezing, keep an eye on it, and make sure drains are working properly.
Firefighters also urge residents who are utilizing space heaters, to make sure that the heaters are kept away from anything that might catch fire.