Firefighters save home from two burning vehicles

Photo courtesy of German Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Firefighters from three agencies battled a two-vehicle fire yesterday, saving a home near Taylorsville.

German Township, Clifford and Columbus Township volunteers were called to the fire on North Farmstead Court at 1:06 p.m. yesterday afternoon to find the two vehicles burning in a driveway just feet from the home.

German Township Chief Matt Lynch says that the firefighters used water to cool the house and keep it from catching fire. They then worked to extinguish the two vehicles, eventually dropping 2,000 gallons of water on the blazes.

“My first priority was to keep the house from catching on fire so I instructed the initial crews to wet down the house then focus their attention to the cars,” says Capt. Jake Goodin, the on-scene incident commander.

“I didn’t want the homeowner to not only lose two cars but the house also.”

The homeowner said that they noticed light smoke coming from under the hood of an SUV when they pulled in, but thought it was oil spilled during a recent oil change. A child at the home noticed the vehicles burning and the resident called 911.

Both vehicles were a total loss, Lynch says.

Photo courtesy of German Township Volunteer Fire Department