HURRICANE — A white Chevrolet truck was a complete loss after a vehicle fire in the area of American Car Care in Hurricane on 848 West State St., Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said.
At 8:17 a.m., the truck caught fire after the owner of the vehicle tried to drive off in the field next to the shop with a fuel leak that was not properly repaired, said Billy Silva an employee at American Car Care.
The man had been trying to work on the vehicle himself and had undone some fuel lines in the process and towed his truck into our shop on Tuesday, Silva said. When the mechanics built pressure back up on the fuel pump they noticed the fuel leak and informed the customer, he said.
“He was trying to figure out how to pay for it yesterday and this morning without asking or nothing he cranked it up and it started,” Silva said. “Sometimes when you bang on it, you get it to work for a second. He saw that it started, but he didn’t see the fuel leak.”
The man appeared to be in his 80’s and the truck did not appear in any condition to be driving on the road, Silva said.
“I felt really bad for the guy,” Silva said. “I even talked to my wife about paying for his labor.”
The car was totally engulfed and appeared to be a complete loss of the vehicle, Buell said. The fire department responded and was able to extinguish the fire. No one was injured in the fire and an investigation is ongoing.
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