PITTSTON — Louis Micklasavage is best known as the owner of NEPA Plumbing based in Dupont, but he can now add firefighter to his reume.
It was on Tuesday, Aug. 11 when 44-year-old Micklasavage was relaxing in his home in Pittston when he looked out his window and noticed someone trying to use his hose.
“Me being a plumber I knew the hose wasn’t hooked up and was wondering why he was on my property,” said Micklasavage. “I went to confront him and I saw flames coming up onto the porch.”
Just outside of Micklasavage’s home was a burning car with flames coming out from under the hood. Without hesitating Micklasavage ran into his kitchen and grabbed two fire extinguishers, a CO2 and an ABC.
He said he used the CO2 extinguisher to extinguish the flames and then put a coat of the ABC extinguisher on top to ensure that the fire did not restart.
The cause of the fire, Micklasavage said, was due to oil hitting the car’s hot engine and igniting flames.
Micklasavage said his knowledge of how to handle fire came from his time in the Navy.
“I was a gas turbine mechanic, GSM3 Petty Officer 3rd class, that was my rank” he said. “I ran the turbines on our ship to propel us through the water, but everybody aboard ship had to have firefighter training because you lived on that ship.”
After the fire was handled, Micklasavage said the fire department arrived to block off the street and ensure the situation was handled by also pouring water on the car’s engine to cool it down some more.
A police officer also arrived to take Micklasavage’s information on what happened.
“I told them there was a car fire, I contained it, and that I was just standing by waiting for the city officials to show up so I could give them my information and tell them what happened,” said Micklasavage.
While it was easy for him to spring into action to douse the fire thanks to his training, Micklasavage said he had another motive as well — to save his house.
“I immediately thought that I had to get the fire out before it catches the house on fire,” he said. “I knew exactly what to do thanks to the training I had in the service. I knew what CO2 bottle to grab, what kind of fire it was and how to contain it.”
The owner of the car, Micklasavage said, is his neighbor from across the street. He said the two do not know each other very well, but that did not prevent her from telling him, “Thank you, so much.”
The story of Micklasavage’s good deed was eventually put on Facebook, and he said he’s had friends congratulate him on his heroic effort.
He said he also received a phone call from the landlord of his home.
“The owner of my house also called me and she told me that she couldn’t be happier that I moved in here,” said Micklasavage. “That car could have blown up at any second and the house would have went right down.”