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Belmont Vehicle Fire Leads to Fuel Spill

Courtey: City of Belmont
Courtey: City of Belmont
The following is a news release from the Belmont Fire Department: 

A vehicle fire Friday resulted in a response from Belmont Fire, Police, Public Works and San Mateo County Environmental Health after approximately 12 gallons of fuel ran into the storm drain.

On Friday, April 18, 2014 at approximately 9:05 AM, Belmont Fire and Police responded to a report of a vehicle on fire in the intersection of Casa Bona Avenue and Newlands Avenue.  Upon arrival, emergency personnel found a 1984 Volkswagen Van fully engulfed in flames.  The fire was quickly extinguished by Belmont firefighters, but not before the contents of the fuel tank, approximately 12 gallons of gasoline, ran down the street and into a storm sewer at the corner of Casa Bona Avenue and Semeria Avenue. 

Due to the potential hazard, traffic in the area was diverted and additional fire apparatus from the San Mateo Fire Department responded to assistBelmont firefighters.  Belmont Public Works and San Mateo County Environmental Health also responded to deal with the spill.

The driver, a 58 year-old Belmont woman, told investigators that she was driving on Casa Bona when the van began to run rough.  A short time later she saw smoke and realized the van was on fire.  At this time it appears the fire started in the engine compartment and appears accidental.  The van was towed from the scene.

At approximately 11:40AM, the area was declared safe and the traffic restrictions were lifted.  There were no injuries.



juliettegoldman April 20, 2014 at 01:49 PM
I'd like to commend my neighbor, Jake Messina, for alerting the driver that her van was on fire and telling her to get out of the van. If the driver would have stayed in the car one or two minutes longer, we would of had a very different outcome to this story. Also, a BIG thank you to the Belmont Fire and Police for handling the situation with utmost professionalism and efficiency.
scout April 21, 2014 at 05:44 PM
lucky that the spilled fuel didn't ignite.

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