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Fire destroys truck in Scappoose

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Scappoose Rural Fire District officials reported the fire caused a total of $10,880 to the truck and its contents. 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 truck’s 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 truck’s block heater and noticed some arcing before switching the extension cord. The SRFD officials reported the fire was caused by equipment failure.

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