ST. GEORGE — Thick black smoke billowed into the morning air from a small truck that caught fire Thursday morning, shutting down Tabernacle Street between 400 East and 500 East for about 45 minutes.
Firefighters were dispatched just before 9:30 a.m. to 435 E. Tabernacle St., where they found a 1994 Ford Ranger with the engine compartment and passenger compartment fully engulfed in flames.
The owner of the truck worked at the location where the truck was parked and had driven the truck in from Gunlock Thursday morning, St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said.
The man had some work done on his truck Wednesday, Stoker said.
“We’re going to look at that and see what mechanical issues that he had fixed yesterday,” Stoker said.
The truck was parked near a power pole, and there were cable and power lines overhead.
The power lines that were above the truck were a concern to the firefighters, Stoker said, adding that the fire did touch the cable line a little bit, but no major damage was done to the lines.
The truck was a total loss. No other vehicles were involved or damaged, and no injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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