Conroe Texas FD Offers Safety Warning
At 6:45 Wednesday morning, the Conroe Fire Department, Texas responded to a reported pick-up truck on fire in a driveway. The fire was at a city Councilman’s residence. On arrival, E-2 observed a late model Ford pick-up truck on fire and the fire had already extended to the garage door and overhang. A full structure fire response was called. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished with minimal damage, much to the Councilman’s delight.
However, the new Ford trucks have an aluminum engine hood. The gas filled lift struts are attached to the hood. The fire completely melted the hood away, leaving nothing to restrain the ends of the struts. During the fire attack, the two gas-filled lift struts that help lift the hood under normal conditions, took off “like an arrow,” according to the Battalion Chief. Battalion Chief Bowen said, “One of the hood lift rods landed under the tailboard of E-2 which was 25 yards away. We do not know where the other one landed, but it is a fairly large caliber projectile. We have yet to locate the other strut.