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April 24, 2014

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3 Separate Vehicle Fires Do Damage; Man Burned

Originally published: 2013-04-16 11:00:37
Last modified: 2013-04-16 11:04:06



It was a hot weekend in an unwelcome way for three vehicle-owners.

A 1986 Nissan pickup truck was damaged by fire, and one of the occupants suffered arm burns trying to douse the flames about 10:50 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of Lawing Road, sheriff's Deputy Brandon Baskette said in a report.

Driver Carolyn Phillips, 29, told deputies that she was driving on Lawing Road when she and a passenger "noticed smoke coming out from under the dash," the report said.

The truck caught fire, and Phillips pulled into a driveway.

The owner of the house where the truck parked put out the fire with a garden hose, the report said.

The male passenger in the truck suffered burns on his right arm while trying to extinguish the fire, the report said.

The extent of the victim's burns was not detailed in the report.


A 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer was extensively damaged by a fire that started about 12:55 p.m. Saturday on Old Washboard Road, sheriff's Deputy Robert Livingston said in a report.

The owner, Ronald Lee Potter, 63, told deputies that the SUV "had been having mechanical issues." As he was driving, the SUV backfired.

"He stated he got out and raised the hood [and] the vehicle was engulfed in flames under the hood," the report said.

The Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department responded and put out the fire, the report said.

Damage totaled $7,500.


A 1997 Nissan pickup truck was destroyed by fire early Saturday where it was parked at 360 Mysinger Road, sheriff's Deputy Rex Johnson Jr. said in a report.

Owner Brian Uhls, 34, told deputies that he heard "a popping noise," looked outside and saw flames coming out of the truck.

The fire apparently started in an electrical fuse panel, the report said.

When members of the South Greene Volunteer Fire Department arrived, the truck was "fully involved in fire," the report said.

There were no signs of foul play, the report said. The truck is valued at $5,000.

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