Yesterday afternoon at about 3:00 PM, I watched as a 1985 Itasca Class C motor home built on a GMC G-30 chassis went up in flames.
The engine had caught fire just as the owner had parked it and switched off the ignition. Then he noticed the smoke.
There was an engine fire, and I asked if he had a fire extinguisher. He ran to the side door and ;pulled out the fire extinguisher. It was one of those that is listed in the Kidde fire extinguisher recall, and it did just what the recall notice said that it would do -- it did not work.
I ran to get one of the fire extinguishers out of my motor home, and ran back with it, but by that time, it was probably too late. I did exhaust the 2A-5BC extinguisher and it did knock down the flames, but they reignited. I ran out of the powder trying to knock down the flames again. At this point there was nothing else we could do. The fire department had been called, and they were on the way, but they would not get here in time to make any real difference..
That was a frustrating afternoon for me, as I was not able to help, and for Don who lost his Class C motor home. The frame and a sodden pile of ashes are all that is left. The rest went away in smoke.
People, the Kidde fire extinguisher recall is real. It did happen. Go to www.kidde.com to find the link and see if one of your fire extinguishers is on the recall list. DO IT NOW...
You never know when you might actually need something like that. And I also suggest getting two (2) larger fire extinguishers for your motor home.
Latte Land, Washington
Goof reminder, Ralph. Just checked mine, and 2 are effected by the recall. Got the form filled out so just need to wait till the replacements arrive.
Wow Ralph, sorry you and of coerce the owner had to go through that. I'll be checking the palace and all the ones I have posted about the house and garage's six or seven I would guess. I know that sinking feeling you must have felt. Not exactly the same thing but your post brought back a memory from when I was an EMT at my employment. I was called out to a mobile or, better stated a roaming guard that started feeling chest pains while in rout to the next place on his rout. I was just about to hit the elevator to inter the mine when they grabbed me armed me with a couple O-2 tanks and off I went. When I found him he was pulled over in a wide spot on the road; I assessed him and administered O-2 . He was about half way through the first bottle when I was setting up the second and found they had sent me out with an empty back up. Fortunately I was radio equipped and got a second bottle there just as the first was MT. and the squad was there a few minuets after I switched him over. The guard was in cardiac arrest and recovered but it could have been ?. In the follow up debriefing it was discovered empty bottles had been placed in the full rack either by some one not familiar with protocol or the Vendor mistakenly brought back empty tanks. In the rush to get to him I never questioned the tanks handed me and that was a failure on my part and a good lesson as well. anyway thanks for posting this and I hope folks will pay attention to it and check them fire extinguishers.