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Driver escapes unscathed after truck catches fire

SALT LAKE CITY — The driver of a box truck escaped without injuries Wednesday when his vehicle burst into flames.

The man was driving on 5600 West near 1300 South about 12:30 p.m. when he saw what he thought was dust coming from the back of his truck, Salt Lake Fire Capt. Mark Hafen said. The man stopped to investigate only to open the truck and realize it was filled with smoke.

"He ran around the front of his truck to get an extinguisher and went back, but by the time he got back it was fully engulfed and he backed out," Hafen said.

The fire caused two tanks that the truck was carrying — one containing oxygen and the other containing acetylene — to combust, Hafen said.

Fire crews arrived to find the truck ablaze with nearby grass catching fire on both sides of the road due to wind, Hafen said. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames without incident or injury.

"The main concern there was making sure it didn't go any bigger than it did," Hafen said.

— McKenzie Romero