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November 26, 2010 > Vehicle fire

Vehicle fire

Submitted By Milpitas Fire Department

On November 9, at 8:08 p.m., one Milpitas Fire Unit responded to a report of a water flow alarm in a commercial building located at 1830 McCandless Drive. Upon arrival, fire crews discovered a fire in a vehicle parked inside the shop area of the building. Six additional Milpitas Units were dispatched to the scene. Command was established and a report of conditions given.

The building contained several vehicles and a significant number of batteries designed for use in hybrid vehicles. If breached, the batteries posed a severe exposure problem with serious health and safety risks for first responders and the public. The business conducted battery modifications to existing hybrid vehicles. The fire started in a modified vehicle. A second alarm was initiated by B19, with AMR Paramedics, and Command Staff notifications.

Fire units initiated "fire attack" with a "Rapid Intervention Crew" in place to insure firefighter safety. The fire was quickly "knocked down" and confined to the place and room of origin. The 2nd alarm was canceled prior to arrival at the scene. Primary and secondary searches were conducted and the building was deemed "all clear."

The structure was ventilated and "run off" from batteries proved to be negative. There were no reported injuries. Cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damages were estimated at $40,000. Fire crews cleared the scene at 11:41 p.m.

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