A tire fire is one of a firefighter’s worst nightmares.
So is a water shutoff.
Today Bellaire firefighters dealt with both those scenarios–and a three vehicle pile-up.
It all started when a box truck, a pickup and a car all collided in Bellaire near the Smith gas station.
Police and fire crews were on the scene, sorting out the details and directing traffic.
“And then we turned around, and one of our junior cadets discovered Bellaire Tire was smoking real bad,” said Lt. Tim Bell of the Bellaire Fire Department.
“I was down the street directing traffic when I saw heavy smoke,” said Skyler Wells, junior cadet firefighter.
First responders jumped in their trucks and rushed to the fire,
They arrived at Bellaire Tire within seconds,.
“We got there really quick,” said Wells.
Smoke was belching out of the garage door of Bellaire Tire.
Ironically this was in the midst of Bellaire’s 24-hour planned water outage.
But the fire department had planned ahead.
“We had a thousand gallons on the truck,” said Bell. “In about five minutes, the fire was under control.”
Other departments with the tanker task force arrived and provided some extra water.
It turned out to be a car that was on fire inside the tire business.
“They had drained the gas out of the vehicle, and electricity or something caught the gas on fire,” Lt. Bell said.
Minutes later, the fire was out, the smoke was ventilated and the neighborhood was relieved.
Response time means everything in firefighting.
And a response time of seconds was pretty amazing.
“I’m at a loss for words for how fast we got here,” said Bell. “I mean we do good, for what whe have. I’m very proud to be part of Bellaire Fire Department. We work very hard to keep our community safe.”
Police Chief Dick Flanagan said “Those guys absolutely know what they’re doing.”