Truck erupts into flames on I-55 - - Jackson, MS

Truck erupts into flames on I-55

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson man watched as flames engulfed the cab of his truck while driving on I-55 North. 

Minutes after Paul Chinchen pulled into the Renaissance at Colony Park parking lot the fire spread. At first he saw small flames between the back window and metal box where leaves had settled.

Before the fire overtook the cab, Chinchen went back to the truck to retrieve his laptop.

The black Ford F-150 quickly erupted into flames.

By the time Ridgeland firefighters arrived it was fully engulfed.

"I pulled in, jumped out, looked around for somebody with a fire extinguisher. I assumed somebody would have one in a car. I stopped a few SUVs. Nobody did. By the time I turned around the flames were huge," Chinchen said.

The fire were so intense that the interior was destroyed and only a shell remains.

By the time Ridgeland Firefighters arrived the Ford truck was a total loss.

Ironically Chinchen said had he taken a right off the interstate instead of a left, he would have seen to the fire station nearby on Highland Colony Parkway.

Unfortunately the Jackson resident was driving his son's prized pickup.

"What's really, really sad is it's my son's truck. He's gonna be a senior in high school," added Chinchen. "He loved his truck. He put in a brand new stereo system. He had just waxed it."

No one was injured. The investigation continues into how the fire started. 

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