Pickup truck burns in Atlantic this morning


February 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An electrical problem associated with an engine block heater is thought to have been the cause of a fire in Atlantic this morning at 801 Olive Street, that pretty much totaled a pickup truck. The call came in just after 10-a.m. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees said a diesel pickup was plugged in for nearly an hour after it had been used earlier this morning, when it caught fire. The flames heavily damaged the engine compartment. The Chief considered the vehicle a total loss. McNees said the 1995 Chevy 2500 was parked inside of a carport. He said after the truck’s owner was notified by a passing motorist about the flames, he used two fire extinguishers to try and put the flames out, but was unsuccessful.  Atlantic Firefighters were on the scene for about a half an-hour. No injuries were reported.