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Burning truck closes State Road in Medina

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    A Chevrolet pickup truck caught fire on State Road in Medina on Wednesday, which closed the road for about an hour. Medina Police Officer Kirk Vozar is on the right.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    A worker from A-1 Paving dragged the pickup truck that caught fire to its facility on State Road using a backhoe.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    A crew from Medina Fire Department cleans up a mess on State Road Wednesday after a pickup truck caught fire and closed traffic for about an hour. Firemen are, from left, Ed Jockkel, Mike Vazquez, Nick Lynes and Fire Chief Bob Painter.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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A Chevrolet pickup truck caught fire on State Road in Medina on Wednesday, which closed the road for about an hour. Medina Police Officer Kirk Vozar is on the right.

BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE Enlarge

MEDINA — A vehicle fire closed State Road in the city for about an hour Wednesday.

A Chevy pickup, owned by nearby A-1 Paving, was engulfed in flames when the Medina Fire Department responded at 12:28 p.m. Wednesday near the 500 block of State Road.

“The driver heard a pop in the engine,” Operations Captain Steve Ingersol said.

“It caught on fire and he bailed (out). It was flames and smoke (when the department arrived).”

The fire department averted a possible serious situation. The pickup had two propane tanks in the bed.

“They stayed intact,” Ingersol said. “They didn’t blow. That would have made it interesting.”

The truck was burned to a crisp within minutes. The fire department was going to call a tow truck to move it, but an employee at A-1 Paving brought a backhoe to the scene and dragged it back to their plant at 511 State Road.

The fire left a charred mess in the middle of the street.

“It’s plastic, rubber and rust,” Ingersol said.

Fire Chief Bob Painter said the road was opened at about 1:20 p.m.

Traffic heading south on State Road was diverted to the U-shaped Progress Drive and sent north.

The unidentified driver of the truck was not cited.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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