Fire destroys truck, damages gas station

PARKERSBURG – A truck was a total loss following an engine fire Thursday night.

Crews from the East Wood Volunteer Fire Department and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department had to close W.Va. 47 Thursday night over concerns a truck fire could affect gasoline pumps at the Rt. 47 Carryout.

East Wood VFD Lt. Phil Naegele said the driver of a Dodge Ram 1500 truck was coming home from work when he started encountering engine issues.

“He said it was backfiring and missing,” Naegele said. The driver pulled over at the gas station, beside the pumps.

“He revved he engine and noticed it making a popping noise,” Naegele said.

The driver then noticed flames coming out of the hood. Naegele said when crews arrived the truck from the back of the cab to the hood was fully engulfed in flames.

The truck was parked just a few feet from a set of gas pumps, which caused concerns for emergency crews who closed off the road.

Naegele said crews were told the pumps are shut off after the close of business; however, the road was shut down for about an hour as crews worked the scene.

Naegele said the truck was a total loss. The pumps suffered some damage, as well as the canopy, which was charred black and had light covers melted off from the heat.

“The building is fine,” Naegele said.