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UPDATE: Spontaneous combustion starts Quincy garage fire

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - A common mistake causes a garage to burst into flames in just minutes. Quincy Fire investigators rule spontaneous combustion is to blame for a starting a garage fire Sunday night. 

Captain Chad Hummel said rags in a trash can ignited on their own and sparked the fire.  Hummel says the family was staining wood with the rags and threw them into the trash can Sunday. 

Even though it's rare, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Bentley says they've responded to several fires this year caused by spontaneous combustion's.

"Everything has to be just right for it," Bentley said. "It's something that happens with different types of oils."

And despite what many people may think, Bentley says the temperature outside does not make much of a difference in spontaneous combustion type situations.

"It's just taking your rags that you might use, or your paper towels, and laying them out so they can actually dry out," Bentley said. "That takes several hours for that to happen, maybe overnight so they can completely dry."

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said when crews arrived just before 9 p.m. Sunday, they found a garage on fire at 1417 N. 17th Street. The fire spread to the west side of the home. Henning said a family was home when the fire started, but made it out uninjured.

Henning said he called in more firefighters to keep the fire from spreading to other homes. They got the fire put out within an hour.

Police blocked off three and a half blocks around the area of 17th and Sycamore streets.

Crews remained on-scene Sunday night to make sure the house didn't re ignite. 




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