The Park Ridge Fire Department Responded to the Report of a Jet Ski on Fire

On Wednesday May 2, 2012 at approximately 8:46 p.m., the Park Ridge Fire Department responded to the report of a Jet Ski (water craft) on fire next to the fence and a house in the 1000 block of West Glenlake Ave in Park Ridge. In just over three minutes, the fire department was on the scene. The residents were attempting to fight the fire prior to the arrival of the Fire Department.

The residents were trying to fill a portable generator with gasoline (by the light of a candle) when the gas container caught fire and the resident inadvertently kicked the container under a Jet Ski in the driveway, causing it to catch fire. The fire was involving the Jet Ski and gas container when the Fire Department arrived. The resident had successfully extinguished the candle and generator using a garden hose.
Fire companies on the scene then promptly extinguished the fires. Engine # 35 used a preconnect hose line to extinguish the Jet Ski, while the crew from Ambulance # 35 used a large dry chemical extinguisher to extinguish the gas can. All other incoming companies were promptly returned.
There were no injuries to the residents or fire personnel as a result of this fire. Park Ridge Fire Investigators have determined the cause of the fire to be accidental due to the careless use of gasoline. Damage to the Jet Ski and generator is estimated at $1500.
Authority of Fire Chief Michael Zywanski
Information Contact D/C Jeff Sorensen (847) 318-5287

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