Fire destroys truck in Scappoose
Scappoose Rural Fire District personnel responded to a report of a vehicle fire Friday, Feb. 8, at 2:53 p.m. Fire crews arrived to find a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck emitting flames from the engine and passenger compartments.
The non-injury fire caused an estimated $10,500 in damage to the truck and $300 to its contents, said Ronda Melton, spokeswoman for the Scappoose Rural Fire District. Melton said the truck was considered a total loss.
The owner of the truck told fire crews his neighbor saw flames coming from the grill and radiator area. The neighbor who also called 911 to report the incident apparently ran to the truck with a fire extinguisher, but was unable open the trucks hood to reach the engine, so he sprayed the extinguisher into grill and radiator.
The owner said he had driven the truck a couple hours prior to the incident. Being a diesel, the owner said he had plugged-in the trucks block heater and noticed some arcing before switching the extension cord. The SRFD officials reported the fire was caused by equipment failure.Add a comment