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Roosevelt officer's patrol vehicle, personal truck destroyed by fire

A Roosevelt police officer's patrol vehicle and his personal pickup truck were destroyed by fire Tuesday at the officer's home. Roosevelt firefighters suspect the fire was caused by a problem with a pair of jumper cables that connected the two vehicles.
A Roosevelt police officer's patrol vehicle and his personal pickup truck were destroyed by fire Tuesday at the officer's home. Roosevelt firefighters suspect the fire was caused by a problem with a pair of jumper cables that connected the two vehicles.
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ROOSEVELT — A Roosevelt police officer's patrol vehicle and his personal pickup truck were destroyed by fire Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to the officer's home about 12:30 p.m., Assistant Roosevelt Fire Chief Nathan Goodrich said. When they arrived, the officer's marked sport-utility vehicle was engulfed in flames that were spreading to his personal truck.

Firefighters found jumper cables strung between the patrol SUV and the officer's truck, Goodrich said. The vehicles were parked next to each other and their hoods were raised, he said.

"It looks like there was some arcing between the cables and the battery," Goodrich said, adding that both vehicles are expected to be a total loss.

There were several small detonations as the fire reached ammunition inside the patrol vehicle, but no one was hurt, Roosevelt Police Chief Rick Harrison said. It was unclear late Tuesday which vehicle had a dead battery, the chief said.

— Geoff Liesik