'Kannur car caught fire from dashboard': Know the potential threats causing firetrap

PP Libeesh Kumar/ Mathew Devasya 

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Kannur: The Regional Transport Office in Kannur inferred that a short circuit had caused a moving car to catch fire burning two passengers alive here on Thursday. The flames that rose from the dashboard of the car did not spread to the bonnet or the petrol tank.

RTO ES Unnikrishnan informed that any material such as sanitiser which can easily catch fire might have been placed on the dashboard. A speaker and a camera were installed additionally in the car. The forensic department also conducted an inspection of the car.

The car caught fire when it was nearly 75 meters from the district hospital. A Fire and Rescue Station was only 40 meters away from the scene, and locals immediately rushed to save the family. However, flames engulfed the car instantly and nothing could be done to save the couple.

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The incident happened when Kuttiattoor native Prajith was taking his pregnant wife Reesha to the hospital. The four co-passengers, who were sitting in the rear seats, were narrowly saved from the mishap.

How car catches fire

Modifications and additional fittings are dangerous in vehicles. Short circuits due to modifications, electrical errors, fuel leakage and overheating can cause vehicles to catch fire.

Electrical wiring may become inaccurate while fixing additional objects, including extra headlights. Using the wrong wire gauge during altercations leads to heat resistance resulting in fire hazards.

Installing high-wattage bulbs in holders manufactured to fit a certain wattage bulb can cause similar accidents. Extra horns, showy lights and speakers can also lead to dangerous situations. The battery can cause a fire if it is not maintained properly.

If the fuel leaks from the fuel tank and gets heated up above 52 degrees Celsius, it may also cause a fire. Timely maintanance of the vehicle is highly advised.

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