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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Family Escapes Harm in Downtown Truck Fire

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Police say truck erupted in flames just prior to 8:30 Monday night

Photo Courtesy of Karen MacInnis 

A family of three and their dog avoided injuries after a truck fire in downtown Owen Sound last night.

Owen Sound Police say emergency services were called to the area of 2nd Avenue East and 13th Street East around 8:30 p.m., with the fire department arriving to find a truck fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and protect a nearby business exposed to the blaze.

City Police say the family was traveling in the late model vehicle when the smell of burning rubber and smoke entered the cabin, causing the driver to pull over.

The three occupants and their dog exited the vehicle prior to it going up in flames.

A passing motorist saw the incident and called 9-1-1.

The passerby also helped the family find shelter at a nearby chiropractic office after one of them began to have medical issues.

Police say staff at the office assisted the family and treated the woman until Grey County paramedics attended and took her to hospital.

Foul play is not suspected in the incident. Owen Sound Fire Department Captain Wayne Flood says the cause is believed to be electrical.

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