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Truck catches fire after gas fill-up

 

Car fire at Hess, Roy Wall photo

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

The engine of a pickup truck caught fire Friday following a gas fill-up at the Wilco-Hess on East Main Street in Pulaski.

The driver of the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500, owned by Hot Wheels on East Main Street, had just refueled and pulled away from the gas pumps when its engine malfunctioned, according to Pulaski Fire Department Capt. Robbie Kiser. The engine burst into flames, but no one was injured and Kiser said the fire never posed any threat to the gas pumps.

As a precaution, the gas pumps were taken out of service until the fire was contained, which took about 10 minutes, according to Kiser.

One piece of equipment and nine personnel from the fire department responded to the 1:40 p.m. call. Kiser said the truck’s engine compartment was heavily involved in flames when they arrived on the scene.

About 200 gallons of water was used to extinguish the blaze. The fire department cleared the scene a little after 3 p.m.

4 Responses to Truck catches fire after gas fill-up

  1. Will

    February 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    No surprise there. All they sell is junk. Luckily the engine malfunction occurred before someone was suckered into buying it.

  2. tricky

    February 19, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Like daddy use to say play with s$&t and you get it all over you. Point being all there cars are s$&t!!!!

  3. Whole E Cow

    February 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I am not defending hot wheels, but there are several open recalls on dodge trucks. One is engine compartment fires caused by faulty transmission cooling line connections. There have been many engine compartment fire issues with late 90s to early 2000 dodge trucks, buyer beware. Hot wheels may want to start checking all there stock for issues like this before putting a car or truck on the lot. I don’t know if that was the cause of the fire, but there are known issues with these trucks.

    • Will

      February 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Good point. There are many recalls on Dodge trucks. But, reputable dealers have those recalls fixed.

      I personally know of at least five cases where Hot Wheels has burned someone with an unreliable vehicle. One poor fellow was burnt twice by them.

      You can easily find someone who has a problem with them, but you’ll be looking under rocks and tree branches, and in crevices, trying to find someone with something good to say.