Truck Bursts into Flames in Oswego Cornfield

Heat from truck exhaust ignited corn stubble.

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Oswego firefighters battled a truck fire Wednesday morning in a cornfield near Orchard Drive and Mill Road.

Oswego Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Jeff Warren said heat from the vehicle's exhaust caught the corn stubble on fire, which ignited the truck itself.

"A construction crew's pickup truck was stuck in a cornfield," Warren said. "The heat from the exhaust in the catalytic converter started some corn stubble on fire, which in turn started [the truck] on fire."

The vehicle was a total loss, and Warren said about a half-acre of corn stubble also burned. Emergency vehicles traveling to fight the blaze also left some ruts in the field, located in the southeast corner of Orchard and Mill, Warren said.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was called in at around 10:55 a.m., according to Warren.


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