Sep 2, 2013 at 8:56 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - One homeowner in St. Cloud got a reminder that any dry plants or vegetation can serve as fuel for a potentially dangerous fire. A planter on a deck outside a home at 1074 Voyager Street caught on fire Saturday afternoon just before 4 pm.
Quick thinking neighbors reportedly put the small blaze out with a garden hose and fire extinguishers just in time before the flames got to the eve of the roof.
St. Cloud Fire Marshall Mike Post says residents should remember potting soil can contain elements that act as oxidizers that speed up the burning process. He added dry peat moss in the soil can self-heat and ignite on its own on hot days just like a hay bale.
The fire danger can be even greater when dead plants are left dry since the prior growing season. Post says it is wise to move any old planters way from structures and dispose of potting soil that is not being regularly watered or cared for.
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