What should you do if your car catches fire?


Car fires are becoming more of a concern.

In the last few weeks, multiple vehicles have burst into flames across western Massachusetts.

On Monday a pickup truck caught fire in West Springfield and the flames also damaged a the home  after quickly spreading.

There are also few things you should know before the next time you get behind the wheel.

22News came to Mal Brothers Auto Body in Chicopee to find out what kind of problems can result in your car catching fire. Ed Malikowski, of Mal Brothers told 22News car fires are often a result of drivers ignoring major warning signs. 

“No way does a car just spontaneously pop and catch on fire,” said Malikowski. “Normally you’ll get signs usually first of which would be odor. Fuel systems in cars are closed.. you should never ever be able to smell fumes in a car.”

He also said to have  your vehicle looked at if you’re experiencing systems that aren’t operating properly that malfunction could lead to an electrical fire.

Local fire departments are urging people who smell something burning  in their cars while driving to pull over immediately, get out and call 911. 

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