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Fire destroys truck in mall parking lot

Jennifer L. Grubbs

Craig firefighters arrive at the scene of a 1973 Ford F-250 that caught fire Monday night in the Centennial Mall parking lot. Once firefighters set to work putting out the fire, it was under control in about five minutes, according to Craig Fire/Rescue Captain Dennis Jones.

A local pizza deliveryman may have a hard time bringing people their orders, after his truck caught fire Monday night in the Centennial Mall parking lot.

Brian Corey, 19, who works for Domino’s Pizza, said his truck died in the mall parking lot. A friend who had shown up there was helping him push it out of the traffic lane, when the front end caught on fire.

“It just went up in flames,” Corey said.

Corey said he and his friend tried to push the truck further, but than ran away to get out of the reach of the blaze, or in case the 1973 Ford F-250’s gas tank blew up.

Once on the scene, Craig Fire/Rescue had the fire under control in about five minutes, CFR Captain Dennis Jones said Monday night. The fire started under the hood, he said, adding that the cause was still being determined.

Corey had owned the truck for about three weeks, according to his mother, Michelle Corey.

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“He was trying to get started,” she said Monday night.

There were no injuries, and the truck and its contents were the only property damaged, Jones said, adding that there was no danger to the mall.

Firefighters were concerned, though about the “raw gas” leaking from the truck onto the parking lot, Jones said, but were able to mitigate that concern.

“Happy ending, except for a burnt vehicle and some kid lost his ride,” Jones said.

Jennifer L. Grubbs can be reached at 875-1790 or at jgrubbs@craigdailypress.com