Sunday Fire

Hood River Firefighters, including Jeremy Cervantes, doused an intense vehicle fire Sunday at the Sinclair station on North First Street on the Hood River waterfront. No one was injured in the blaze. Sinclair employee Patt South said a customer came into the store and told him fire was coming from the hood of a canopied pickup truck parked in the public parking area just east across the station lot. “I called 9-1-1 and grabbed a fire extinguisher and went out, and the guy (truck owner) grabbed it from me and emptied it into the truck,” said South, who then shut off the fuel pumps. “It was scary. It was so hot the underside of the truck was melting. There was molten metal,” he said. Firefighters arrived and spent about 20 minutes extinguishing the fire. The owner’s name and other details were unavailable at press time. South said he got the okay from the fire crew to turn on the fuel pumps after they were off for about one hour.

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