Man’s hands burned trying to pat out fire in rear seat of his car

Posted 2/23/15

A 26-year-old Quilcene man was taken to Jefferson Healthcare hospital with burns to his hands after a fire started in his car early Sunday morning, Feb. 22, according to a press release from East …

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Man’s hands burned trying to pat out fire in rear seat of his car

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A 26-year-old Quilcene man was taken to Jefferson Healthcare hospital with burns to his hands after a fire started in his car early Sunday morning, Feb. 22, according to a press release from East Jefferson Fire and Rescue (EJFR).

The car had been parked near the water at the back of the Port Townsend Plaza parking lot downtown, east of the Golden Ocean restaurant.

After a fire started in the backseat of the man’s Volkswagen Jetta, EJFR was called to the fire at 3:18 a.m., Feb. 22. The man attempted to pat out the fire with his hands, and then began throwing personal possessions out the back doors before evacuating the car.

At one point, the Jetta rolled forward about 30 feet and struck the rear of a parked white Chevrolet panel van, according to Port Townsend police officer Jeremy Vergin. A man who was sleeping in the van awoke, quickly started the vehicle and pulled forward, away from the burning Jetta. His van suffered heat damage from the other car, but he was uninjured.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, but not before the Jetta was totally destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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