Photo courtesy | Martin Seelig – A truck burns on Paul Goodman Road in Fleetwood on Friday morning
ASHE COUNTY-A Fleetwood man was able to escape his 1997 Toyota Tacoma just minutes before it burst into flames just off US-221 Friday morning.
“It turned into a really bad day fast,” Rick Wilson, the Toyota’s driver said Friday.
The driver, Rick Wilson, had just turned north onto US-221 from Railroad Grade Road shortly before 10:30 a.m. Friday morning when he flipped on his truck’s heater. Within seconds Wilson said the smell of smoke filled the cab of his truck and he pulled off the highway onto Paul Goodman Road.
“Smoke was coming from under the dashboard on the passenger side of the truck,” Wilson said. “So I jumped out, ran around to the other side and tried to cram an old blanket up under the dash to smother the fire.”
But within seconds the blanket was on fire and Wilson turned to retrieve his valuables from the truck.
“I started grabbing documents anything I could think of,” Wilson said. “I had three laptops in the back and I was able to get one of them but I think two are pretty badly damaged.”
Within minutes Wilson said the truck was completely engulfed in flames and was destroyed by the time the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Department showed up to put out the fire.
The fire brought to an end Wilson’s long history with the truck. He owned the pickup for years before selling it to a friend. But Wilson was so fond of the truck he decided to buy it back from the same friend eight years later.
“It’s sad to see it go like this,” Wilson said.
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