Vehicle lost in blaze, fire chief’s wife says don’t leave children unattended

The wife of Bakersfield Fire Chief Greg Watts is reminding drivers not to place children in car seats unattended, particularly while vehicles are warming. In a Facebook posting, Zaylor Watts urges parents to be mindful of this practice after she and her husband lost their truck in a fire last month.

In an Ozark County Times Facebook posting, Zaylor Watts said following the fire she usually let the couple's vehicle warm 15 to 20 minutes because it's a diesel. She said she walked out of the couple's home in late February to leave, heard a boom, and their truck was on fire.

While no one was hurt, the vehicle was a total loss. Zaylor Watts says the incident could have been a lot worse for her family had anyone been in the truck.

A fire investigator inspected the truck and determined the blaze was electrical in origin and started just outside the fuse box.

The Bakersfield fire chief's vehicle loss came about a month after another Ozark County fire chief, Timber Knob VFD Chief Nancy Winslow, lost her home in a blaze believed to be from an electrical source.

The home, off State Highway 5 South near the state line, was a total loss. However, no injuries were reported from the fire.

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