While most of you were sleeping, our all-volunteer staff was kept busy handling two separate automobile fires. The first came in just after 2300 hours in the 400 block of Dohner Drive. Engines 63-1 and 63-2 made the response just as thunderstorm was moving through the area. A mechanical failure caused a small working fire in the engine compartment of a passenger vehicle. Crews made a quick knock-down and overhaul of the involved area. The engine companies were on the scene for about 20 minutes.
At 0400 hours, Engine 63-1 and 63-2 were back on the street for another car fire in the parking lot of East Towne Mall. This time, units arrived to find a passenger vehicle with fire throughout. The engine companies worked for several minutes getting the fire under control. Just as the crews were making their initial attack, the fuel tanked ruptured. This caused burning gasoline to begin running from under the vehicle. A second line was deployed and foam was used to finally get the fire out. Engine 63-2 located a near-by hydrant and was used as a tanker to shuttle water back and forth to Engine 63-1. Units were on location for just over an hour.