Car wash badly damaged after vehicle caught fire

Quick action by employees at a car wash in California saved the life of a person who was in a vehicle that caught fire. The Flying Ace Express Car Wash car wash in Riverside will remain closed until further notice.

“We are grateful that our customers and team members were evacuated with no injuries,” Flying Ace said in a post on their Facebook page. “Words cannot express our appreciation to the incredible first responders for their assistance.”

“No injuries reported”

Fire crews were dispatched to the car wash in Riverside around 5:30 p.m. last friday, on report of a car fire.

Crews found heavy flames at the car wash, being fanned by high wind and the fact that the car wash structure was open at both ends.

Big damage

“The business will be closed for quite some time,” Riverside Fire Chief Daniel Stitzel told local news agency News Center 7. Possibly the building has to be completely torn down and rebuilt.
The estimated damage to the business is approximately $500,000.

A Flying Ace employee pressed the emergency stop button at the first sign of fire. This stopped the car wash, after which the driver was able to exit the car and buildings safely. He “absolutely did the right thing”, according to the fire department’s spokesperson “The person was able to escape the car and is still around today to talk about it.”

The incident proves it is wise to have regular safety training at a car wash. Staff need to know what to do in case of a fire or other incidents.

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Author: Rene Passet

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