Pickup carrying ammo burns on Glade Park

Glade Park fire officials on Saturday responded to a vehicle incident in which a four-wheel-drive pickup carrying ammunition caught fire, officials said.

It happened at 2:10 p.m. Saturday about two and a half miles east of the Glade Park Store.

Dispatch reports said rounds were going off from inside the truck because of the heat. The blaze spread to a 20- to 30-yard brush area surrounding the pickup.  According to dispatch reports, a portion of the vehicle blew up, followed by the tires.

“It was totally consumed by the time we got on scene,” said Bill Perrin, fire chief for Glade Park Fire Protection District.

“They had live ammunition going off in the truck, and they were exploding due to the fire. It just means you stay back and shoot the water a little farther.”

Two brush trucks, one structural engine and seven of the fire district’s members responded to put out the fire.

It’s the second such fire in Glade Park this year.

“Sometimes we get these car fires where the gas line breaks or they get an oil leak and it gets on the exhaust pipe,” he said. “This one was pretty hard to tell because it was so fully engulfed.”

Perrin said the pickup likely caught fire while it was being driven, and the person or persons inside got out before it became out of control.

He did not have any information about the driver or possible passengers.

“I jumped out to see if we had a shovel anywhere to see if I could try to contain it,” Perrin said. “By the time I got around traffic, the firetruck was on scene.”

The cause is under investigation.


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