EGMONT BAY — Fuel-soaked clothing was the likely cause of a fire that gutted an Egmont Bay home Monday.
The provincial fire marshal Dave Rossiter was on the scene of the fire that destroyed the mini-home belonging to Yvon Gallant.
Rossiter said Thursday that the probable cause of the blaze, although officially undetermined by his office, is being attributed to the ignition of clothing soiled with a flammable liquid, which then self-heated to the ignition point when left in a clothes hamper.
As a result of his investigation, Rossiter warned that oil-soaked rags or towels can present a great risk for fires and urged Islanders to use caution when storing or discarding fabric soiled with flammable liquids.
The fire marshal’ss office suggests:
- When soaking up oil spills with rags or old towels and if keeping rags, wash them in warm soapy water or use a de-greaser.
- Do not dry oily rags or towels in a dryer (even if washed).
- Hang the fabric outside to dry if possible. If drying inside, keep them well away from heat sources such a furnaces and water heaters.
- If discarding oily rags, hang outside to dry before putting them in a trash bin or garbage bag.
- Never leave hot/damp clothes or linens in a pile; spread them out to cool off. Always allow linens to dry and cool before stacking.
BOAT EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION
Rossiter also released an update on the investigation into a boat explosion earlier this month.
That incident happened on the waters off Stanley Bridge on Oct. 2, and left at least one of the four occupants of the boat injured.
Since the incident occurred in tidal waters, which is a federal jurisdiction, Rossiter’s role in the investigation has been to assist Queens District RCMP to determine origin and cause. The RCMP will release overall findings into the incident at a later date.