Car Fires Sparked by Leaf Piles in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS(KMOV)--The St. Louis Fire Department is issuing a warning after cars recently caught on fire due to leaf piles across the city.

The car parked outside a home in the Compton Heights neighborhood was fully engulfed before firefighters could even get there.  

For the second time in just days, on this tree lined street, a car caught fire all because of a pile of leaves.  

"I've never seen it before, never seen anything like it", said St. Louis resident Justin Siegel.  

Siegel and neighbors were shocked to see how fast the flames grew, but the St. Louis fire department says this is an annual danger when the leaves start piling up.  

"They're dry and they are flammable, it's like parking on top of a pile of newspapers you have hot exhaust under your car, manifold if your car makes contact with the leaves there's a chance it's going to catch fire, said Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson.

After witnessing the dangers, Siegel says it's clear something more needs to be done.  

"It's been here a couple of weeks. I wish I had said something it was on my mind, kind of had regrets that I didn't say anything to the city, said Siegel. 

In the city, leaf pick up is only once a month when the street sweeper comes.  

Siegel added,"it's obvious we need a little more pick up in fall."  

But until then, neighbors say they will be rethinking how they park during the fall.  

"I'll never park on a leaf again not even a little pile," said Siegel.


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