Sapulpa firefighters were able to extinguish a fire in a vehicle about 7:50 am on Monday morning, but not before the truck was fully engulfed; likely a total loss.
Dr. Zachary Ricker, of Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists in the Tulsa Hills area, was on his way to work when smoke began pouring out of the air conditioning vents of his Ford F-550. He said he pulled into the center turn lane and grabbed for the onboard fire extinguisher, but it was of little use. Ricker told Sapulpa Times that he estimated the amount of time that passed between the first sight of smoke and the truck being fully engulfed was “two minutes.”
“It’s a brand new truck,” he said, adding that he had purchased it specifically for work at his clinic. Thankfully, it was for hauling tools, not animals. There were no injuries.
Sapulpa Police had both lanes of East Taft Ave. blocked and was redirecting traffic for about 15 minutes before they opened up the outside lanes as the truck was loaded onto a wrecker.