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Pump problem suspected in vehicle fire Friday in Daytona Beach

Vehicle fire in Daytona Beach, May 23, 2014.
Vehicle fire in Daytona Beach, May 23, 2014.
Daytona Beach Fire Department/Aaron Shore.

Daytona Beach firefighters found “…heavy smoke and flames…” coming from the back of a lawn care vehicle in a fire Friday afternoon south of the downtown area. Fire crews also had to determine if the vehicle at South Beach Street and Loomis Avenue had contents that would “…react violently with water…inside the [vehicle] storage tank…”, according to Daytona Beach Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Larry Stoney. After firefighters found that the commercial fertilizers in the tank were safe, the vehicle fire was extinguished quickly. Lt. Stoney says the driver also tried to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, after noticing black smoke at the rear of the vehicle when a pump used to spray chemicals was started. No injuries were reported in the incident, but damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2000-$3000.

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