Truck bursts into flames

By From page A9 | June 28, 2013

A car on fire was quickly put out Friday afternoon in Diamond Springs.

Joseph Lujan was transferring fuel using canisters and an electric pump in the back of his late 2000s Dodge Dually at 3500 Suncrest Drive, said Bryan Runsdell of Diamond Springs Fire Protection District. He was walking one canister to his garage when “he turned around and the truck was fully involved.”

It is thought that using the electric pump created “static that set it off” combined with the heat of the day.

DSFPD responded at 2:46 p.m., with El Dorado County Fire and Cal Fire following shortly after. The fire was contained within about 15 minutes, Runsdell said. There was some extension to the metal garage, which was mostly just stained from the fire, and a nearby wooden fence was “burned a little, but (the fire) didn’t penetrate it.” The truck was a “total loss” but there were no injuries.

Cole Mayer

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