Vehicle carrying mail catches fire

Print Article

  • Courtesy photos Using three different methods, South Boundary firefighters quickly get a Feb. 15 vehicle fire under control. However, the vehicle was a total loss.

  • 1

    (Courtesy Photo) The vehicle was a total loss.

  • 2

    (Courtesy Photo) The cause of the fire is unknown, but South Boundary Fire Chief Tony Rohrwasser noticed a line of leaking fluid leading to the vehicle.

  • Courtesy photos Using three different methods, South Boundary firefighters quickly get a Feb. 15 vehicle fire under control. However, the vehicle was a total loss.

  • 1

    (Courtesy Photo) The vehicle was a total loss.

  • 2

    (Courtesy Photo) The cause of the fire is unknown, but South Boundary Fire Chief Tony Rohrwasser noticed a line of leaking fluid leading to the vehicle.

NAPLES — A vehicle containing mail from the United States Postal Service caught fire on Shiloh Loop Road on Feb. 15. Boundary County Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Elam was first on the scene and the driver had mail already out of the burning vehicle. Elam placed the mail inside his patrol car to keep it safe and dry.

“She (the driver) was able to retrieve most of the mail, but not all of it,” said Communications Specialist for the Postal Service, Ernie Swanson, stating that the small amount of mail still inside the burning vehicle was “an unfortunate loss.”

South Boundary Fire responded to the fire, with North Bench Fire on mutual aid. Paradise Valley Fire also responded and assisted with traffic control and Boundary Ambulance also responded.

South Boundary Fire Chief Tony Rohrwasser said the cause of the fire was unclear, but he stated there was a trail of what he believed to be transmission fluid on the road starting at U.S. 95 and leading to the Jeep.

South Boundary had the opportunity to use a Class D extinguisher for the first time, which specializes in putting out combustible metal fires. Class D fires burn with a extremely bright, white flame and are known to explode when water is used to extinguish them. The Class D extinguisher uses a dry chemical that smothers the flames. The firefighters used it in conjunction with other fire fighting methods.

“The combination of all three got it out real quick,” said Rohrwasser. “It worked fantastic.“

Although the fire was put out quickly, the vehicle, which is privately owned by the driver, was a total loss. Swanson stated that the important thing was that the employee was not injured.

“She was unhurt and did what she could to retrieve the mail,” said Swanson.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Wolf family enjoys home of their own

February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald BONNERS FERRY — Home ownership comes with the sense of security. For Flora Wolf and her two daughters, they began the journey last Saturday, when the three of them took hold of the green ribbon stret...

Comments

Read More

Bear alert system in planning stages

February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald BONNERS FERRY— A meeting of the minds occurred at the Kootenai Tribal office this past Thursday, Feb. 20, to continue a discussion about the creation of a community alert system for bears. They wil...

Comments

Read More

Firefighters rescue U.S. flag in distress

February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald BONNERS FERRY — The U.S. flag, blowing in the wind, is a grand symbol of our country, but when that flag is in distress, it is a call to action. When law enforcement from the Bonners Ferry Police De...

Comments

Read More

Festival of Hearts fundraiser a success

February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald With grateful hearts, the Fry Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors has announced that the Festival of Hearts gala raised more than $52,000 this year. Most of the money will be used to help fund t...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 267-5521
Po Box 539
Bonners Ferry, Id 83805

©2020 Bonners Ferry Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X