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Spokane Co. Fire: Flammable items won't start fire in heat but could make it worse

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An organized garage can save lives. An organized garage can save lives.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

With the sudden summer temperatures arriving so early this year, KHQ's Gabe Cohen investigated whether or not items left in a garage or house can overheat and cause a fire.

“Nothing in here is going to catch fire because it's hot,” Spokane County Fire Captain Megan Hill said about a garage. Inside the garage sat a number of aerosol cans, a couple gas cans, and a half dozen cans of paint among other things.

“It would have to get really hot for that to blow,” Captain Hill said. “Like fire hot.”

Still, an organized garage can save lives if you do experience a house fire. The department recommends organizing all flammable items and chemicals into one area of the garage. That way firefighters can easily identify them and move them out before they react with the flames.

They also recommend keeping all propane outside the home, because it can explode in a fire.

“They can be the most dangerous thing,” Captain Hill said.

But in general summer fire season is defined by brush fires and wildfires. House fires are more common during the winter.

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