Truck catches fire with driver insidePublished 8:25pm Thursday, January 9, 2014
Alexander City Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire yesterday shortly before 5 p.m.
The truck belonged to Terry Daugherty, who was in the vehicle when it caught fire.
Daugherty said the truck, which he estimated is about 30 years old, hadn’t been started in a while.
“I got in it and drove around the backyard toward the driveway,” Daugherty said. “It started sputtering. You know how a car sometimes will backfire? That is how it was acting.”
Daugherty got to the edge of the driveway before he started noticing smoke. Once flames started creeping out from underneath the hood, he left the vehicle and called the fire department.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, though the engine and hood of the car were completely destroyed. At its peak, Daugherty said the flames were “as high as the top of the truck.”
The truck was insured, he added.
No one was injured in the incident.