TRUCK BURNS IN THE WOODS
Just after 11 p.m. Saturday night a resident on Payne Road off Old Houston Road heard a diesel pickup coming down the road as he was outside smoking a cigarette. What made it strange was that the driver had his headlights off and s starting and stopping the engine. He thought the truck had left the area until just a little over an hour later when a friend came to him and said there was a fire in the woods. They went to investigate and found a 2001 red Dodge pickup truck burning. He immediately called the fire department.
The truck with headlights still on had several tree limbs behind the rear tires. The truck appeared to have gotten stuck in the very wet field.
Soon after the first Caney Creek engine arrived. There was a trail the truck had driven down off Edgefield Road but was not big enough to handle a fire truck. Firefighters needed to stretch almost 400-feet of hose to reach the blaze. As they did the truck fire intensified. Shock absorbers super heating and exploding, a generator in the back exploding, even the fuel igniting and erupting into flames.
Firefighters were finally able to get the fire extinguished.
Montgomery County Sheriffs Office responded to the scene. No driver was found in the area. The truck had not been reported stolen but was registered to an address in Houston.
BELOW IS A VIDEO WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES IN LENGTH. IN IT YOU SEE THE DAY TO DAY CHALLENGES FIRE FIGHTERS HAVE FIGHTING A VEHICLE FIRE. THE MOST DANGEROUS COMPONENTS NO LONGER IS JUST A FUEL TANK BUT COMPONENTS OF THE VEHICLE WHICH WHEN THEY EXPLODE ACTUALLY ACT AS A PROJECTILE. SHOCK ABSORBERS ARE ONE OF THOSE COMPONENTS. THERE HAVE BEEN FIRE IN WHICH FIRE SUPERHEATED THE GASES IN THE CRASH ABSORBANT BUMPERS CAUSING THE ENTIRE BUMPER TO SHOOT OFF THE VEHICLE AND HAVE ACTUALLY BROKEN FIREFIGHTERS LEGS IF THEY HAD BEEN IN FRONT OR BEHIND IT. A FEW MONTHS BACK A LIFT ASSIST FOR A TRUNK LID EXPLODED AND SHOT THROUGH THE FRONT CAB OF CENTRAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S FIRE TRUCK. AMMUNITION SUPERHEATING AND EXPLODING. IN THIS FIRE YOU WILL SEE THESE COMPONENTS EXPLODING AND THE DANGERS THE FIREFIGHTERS FACE.