Cleaning with gas, heating with propane causes truck fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cleaning with gas, heating with propane causes truck fire

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - The Coeur d'Alene fire department says a combination of using gasoline to clean car parts and a propane heater to stay warm is to blame for a truck fire Friday morning.

The pickup truck was parked in the Cd'A Library parking lot when the fire broke out in the bed under a canopy.

As fire crews were responding, they learned a man in the truck had caught fire. That man then used the stop, drop and roll method to extinguish the flames.

Fire crews say when the vapor from the gasoline used to clean the truck reached the propane heater it ignited, catching the man and truck on fire.

The man was taken to Kootenai Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The Coeur d'Alene Fire Department wants to remind you to use heaters safely this season.

As temperatures drop, it is of paramount importance to read all directions on the heating appliance to make sure the device is properly functioning and approved for the application.

As always, keep flammable liquids and combustible materials away from heating sources.

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