Truck fire at 27th and Cornhusker

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

A pick-up went up in flames at the intersection of 27th and Cornhusker around 9 a.m. Monday morning. The driver, David Parker, was heading from Missouri to Oregon and says he was stopped at the light when he noticed smoke.

"Just blowing fire out from under the truck, just like the gas tank was on fire and rear tires catching on fire, just black smoke going everywhere," he said, describing the mess.

Parker jumped out of his truck with one rescue in mind: his 4-year-old mule, Ike, tied up in the back of the pick-up. Luckily, Parker managed to get Ike out despite heavy flames.

"And upon arrival had a pick-up truck fully involved; thankfully, the horse was already out," said Lincoln Fire and Rescue Captain Jared Fredrickson.

Even with Ike out of harms way, fire crews had a hard fight. Investigators say the fire likely started from a fuel pump malfunction under the pick-up, but spread quickly. The bed of the truck was filled with hay, which made it harder to put out the flames. In the end, the truck was a total loss.

"This is a Johnny Cash truck, Parker said. "I built it from scratch, every piece on it was off another truck I had. We’d just rebuilt the engine in it six months ago…it’s just a nightmare."

Traffic on 27th street had to be blocked off for over an hour while crews cleared the scene. Again, no one was injured in the accident, and Ike suffered only minor burns.

Crews are on the scene of a truck fire near 27th and Cornhusker. It happened around 9 Monday morning.

We have a reporter on the scene and will bring you more details as they become available.