Local hero stomps out fire



Rob Gibson

A Kelowna man may have helped to prevent a brush fire early Tuesday.

James Salvino tells Castanet he was alerted to a fire outside his home on Country Club Drive before 3 a.m.

"I was just chillin' in my room, and I could hear these little explosions, but it sounded like our dumpster lid closing. When I went outside, I thought it was a service truck with the yellow light, but when I looked closer I thought holy s**t, something's on fire."

Salvino says he realized there was a car on fire, and the flames were already starting to spread to the hillside.
"I grabbed my shoes and booked it out of the house, and I saw the grass was on fire, starting to burn up the hill. I called the fire department and started to stomp on the flames."

Video from Salvino shows him using his feet to prevent the fire from spreading.

"I just used my feet. The soles of my shoes are melted. My buddy went to grab a fire extinguisher, but I already had it out with my feet."

Salvino was the first person on the scene and says the car was fully engulfed in flames. You can hear small explosions throughout the fire video.

Salvino managed to stop the fire from spreading to the brush and potentially some of the homes in the area. Once fire crews arrived on scene, they doused the fire quickly and thanked him for his quick thinking.

Salvino says RCMP told him the vehicle had been reported stolen.

"They popped open the trunk, and I thought to myself, please don't tell me there's a body in the trunk."

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