The boat owner took his boat out for a quick trip on the lake on Saturday evening. He noticed some smoke coming from the engine compartment and started to address it with his required onboard fire extinguisher. Others out and about stopped to assist but the fire quickly got the better of the boat. The boat operator was off and safe before the fire got out of hand. Both Conroe and North Montgomery County Fire Departments made the scene along with Pct 1 Lake Patrol. Thankfully no one was injured. Only property damage. Precinct 1 Constables would like to thank everyone who helped.
That’s worse than sinking in many ways. I had an o-ring break on one of the carbs of my boat once and it immediately started a fire on top of the engine, I immediately shut off the engine (to stop the electric fuel pump from delivering any more fuel to the engine carbs!) grabbed my fire extinguisher and put it out! No damage, just had to locate and replace the little o-ring that had failed then went on boating for rest of the afternoon.
Any fire or smoke in your engine compartment, whether it be boat or other motor vehicle, TURN OFF YOUR IGNITION IMMEDIATELY then try to put the fire out! If you don’t turn off the engine, the electric fuel pump in your fuel tank will continue pumping fuel to the engine compartment and feed the fire! On a motor vehicle driving down the road, just 1 click back from the run position will turn off the engine and electric fuel pump while still allowing you to steer (it takes 2 clicks back of the key to lock your steering column)…. you will lose power steering so it will be harder to steer and you will lose power brakes but they will still work if you stand on the brake pedal! Main thing is to realize that as long as your engine is still running fuel will continue being pumped to the engine and if there is a fuel leak causing the fire you cannot put it out.
And if in an accident, even if your engine stops running because of the collision your fuel pump will keep running since it’s in the back of the vehicle either near or inside of your fuel tank…. turn off your ignition completely before anything else after an accident! Too many people have burned to death in vehicle collisions where all anybody had to do was reach in and turn off the vehicle’s ignition…. but instead they emptied fire extinguisher after fire extinguisher to no avail as fuel was being pumped into the fire feeding it. Just saying….
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