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Truck Catches Fire Outside Strasburg Rite Aid

11 July 2018 News

A fire official has determined that a blaze that started in the back of a truck bed Monday evening at 7 p.m. in Strasburg was caused by hot coals still resting in a grill.

According to reports, a man from Maurertown, his girlfriend, and their two small children were in a 2018 Ford F-350 when they were forced to pull over after a fire broke out in the truck’s bed. The driver stopped the vehicle at a Rite Aid store on Crystal Lane. Assistant Fire Marshal Joseph Loving was quoted as saying that “air movement… fanned the flames” as “fire spread rapidly” from the grill in the back, which had likely spilled hot coals that ignited materials in the bed.

State agencies were notified of the incident because of 20 to 30 gallons of diesel fuel that had flowed out as a result, some of it into a nearby storm drain. A majority of that spill was recovered. The fire completely destroyed the vehicle at an estimated cost of $50,000 to the owner.

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