Piles of leaves cause car fires, fire officials share a warning

Posted at 4:29 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 17:24:29-05

We love our colorful fall season here in Northeast Ohio, but turns out, that pile of leaves you may have in front of your house can do some serious damage by causing your car to set fire. 

"Catalytic converters, sometimes they get red hot, twelve-hundred degrees," and that's often times what causes these fires, according to mechanic Rick Burns. 

"The whole car will go up," he said. 

"Dry leaves are just like normal, combustible paper. Couple hundred degrees, those will catch on fire," Lieutenant Corey Gregg with Bay Village's Fire Department told News 5. 

The expert advice is simple; "Don't park on a pile of leaves! Because it will set them on fire," Rick Burns said.