Car destroyed by fire after driver uses hand sanitizer while smoking cigarette


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJW) — A car caught on fire after the driver was smoking a cigarette while using hand sanitizer.

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It happened in Rockville, Maryland, on May 13.

(5/13 ~530p) Rockville Pike, Federal Plaza shopping Center, vehicle fire; Cause, Driver using hand sanitizer & smoking a cigarette, which is a bad combo in unventilated area like a car; total loss; @MCFRS_EMIHS treated & transported 1 adult w/ minor burns, NLT

— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) May 13, 2021

According to Pete Piringer, public information officer for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, the car was a total loss.

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The driver suffered minor burns.

Piringer said hand sanitizer and smoking are “a bad combo in an unventilated area like a car.”


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