BREAKING NEWS Cal Fire on scene of a vegetation fire in the Lime Saddle Campground Full Story
BREAKING NEWS August Complex: 152 structures destroyed in Trinity County Full Story
SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

Cars parked near leaf piles catch fire in St. Louis

The St. Louis Fire Department is issuing a warning after cars recently caught on fire due to leaf piles across the ci...

Posted: Dec 11, 2017 4:21 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2017 4:21 PM

The St. Louis Fire Department is issuing a warning after cars recently caught on fire due to leaf piles across the city.

A car that was parked outside a home in Compton Heights caught fire Saturday when it was parked over piled up leaves. The car was fully engulfed in flames before firefighters could even get there.

The incident marked the second time in just a few days that a car caught fire on that block because of leaves.

Resident Justin Siegel and his neighbors were shocked to see how fast the flames grew, but the St. Louis Fire Department says it is an annual danger when the leaves start to fall.

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

According to a spokesperson for St. Louis City, leaf pick up is only once a month when the street sweeper comes. But residents like Siegel say it needs to happen more frequently.

A city representative says their advice is not put leaves out into the street until pick-up day, or put them in yard water dumpsters in the back alleys.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 790096

Reported Deaths: 15056
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2614466366
Riverside574191162
San Bernardino52649908
Orange522011128
San Diego44925760
Kern31509354
Fresno27769355
Sacramento21628383
Alameda20641374
Santa Clara20511297
San Joaquin19841415
Stanislaus16351337
Contra Costa15958201
Tulare15599256
Ventura12406143
Imperial11583314
San Francisco1080799
San Mateo9598143
Monterey955067
Santa Barbara8880110
Merced8750134
Kings743077
Sonoma7112114
Marin6591112
Solano617555
Madera439162
Placer348841
San Luis Obispo339327
Butte276435
Yolo275454
Santa Cruz22188
Sutter164210
Napa162613
San Benito131011
Yuba11187
El Dorado10734
Mendocino85118
Lassen7350
Shasta70914
Glenn5503
Nevada5116
Colusa5106
Tehama5094
Lake49210
Humboldt4856
Calaveras31114
Amador28616
Tuolumne2214
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1610
Del Norte1361
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc240
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 72°
Oroville
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 75°
Paradise
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 72°
Chester
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 50°
Red Bluff
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 69°
Willows
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 72°
A small trough of low pressure moved over the Pacific Northwest on this first day of autumn, and it brought more gusty wind and an improvement to the air quality for most of us. The breezes will continue through the week, and other changes are coming soon.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events