Hot coals used to warm car set car on fire, Madison Fire says

  • Source: Journal Times
  • Published: 02/01/2019 12:00 AM

Using hot charcoal under your car to get it warm enough to start isn't the best idea, as a Madison man can attest to. Firefighters were called to the 3700 block of Karstens Drive Thursday afternoon for a vehicle in flames, after the owner of the vehicle put a baking sheet full of hot charcoal under the car. "The owner told firefighters his vehicle had been frozen for the past three days and it wouldn't start," said Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster. "To warm it up, he put charcoal on a baking pan and lit the charcoal." When the flames died down, he put the pan of charcoal under the vehicle so it would thaw. "About five minutes later, he noticed flames in the engine compartment and called 911," Schuster said.


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