Water bottles in hot cars could catch on fire

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Normally, when you think of a car catching on fire fuel plays a factor. However, an unlikely suspect could catch your car on fire due to the hot summer temperatures.

A plastic water bottle baking in the sunlight has the potential to cause the car's upholstery to catch fire. We spoke with a Panama City Beach firefighter to find out the likelihood of this happening.

"Much like a magnifying glass that you would use out in the wilderness to start a fire that water bottle acts like that, can act like that. [It] could possibly, with the right combination of light and heat and refraction from the light from the bottle start a fire inside the vehicle," said Garrett Jackson, firefighter at Panama City Beach Fire Rescue.

Jackson told us he has been a firefighter for ten years and has never personally seen this happen, but he does know of instances where a hot water bottle has caught a car on fire.