Flaming truck damages garage

April 02, 1999

Flaming TruckBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

A driverless flaming pickup truck crashed into a Hagerstown man's garage Thursday, setting the garage on fire and destroying it and the truck.

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Franklin William Kennedy, of 11126 Glenside Ave., had been helping his friend Daniel Anrom repair the truck inside a detached garage at Kennedy's home.

Kennedy started the pickup and it backfired and caught on fire at about 1:21 p.m., according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.


Kennedy and Anrom pushed the truck out of the garage and onto the driveway and shut the garage door.

As it happened, Jeff Ringer and Alan Matheny of the Volunteer Fire Department of Halfway were stopped at a traffic light on nearby Virginia Avenue.

"We saw the black smoke coming from the house," said Matheny, the fire department's emergency medical services coordinator and public information officer.

The firefighters used an extinguisher to put out the fire in the engine of the 1988 Ford Ranger, according to Matheny.

Soon afterward, a short developed in the truck's starter, causing the motor to ignite and the fire to rekindle, he said.

Like something out of a Stephen King novel, the truck lunged forward and crashed through the garage door, said Matheny.

The truck fire ignited the garage.

"I was shocked," said Kennedy. He said he never thought such a thing could happen.

Kennedy said he is settling the matter with his insurance company and refused to comment further.

"It was really unusual. I've never seen anything like it," said Matheny, who estimated damage to the truck and garage at $10,000.

No one was injured, he said.

Firefighters from Funkstown and Williamsport responded.

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