Highway 101 truck fire

An engine or transmission malfunction is reported to be the cause of a commercial truck fire that began just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, as it pulled onto the northbound shoulder of Highway 101 at Ona Beach. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, and responders on the scene said the blaze was extinguished within minutes by firefighters from Seal Rock Rural Fire Protection District and Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue. (Photo by Natalie Lane)

SEAL ROCK — Quick action by emergency responders from the Seal Rock Rural Fire Protection and Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue reportedly helped a driver and firefighters escape without reported injuries after a commercial tree pruning truck caught fire at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, on Highway 101 just south of North Beaver Creek Road and Ona Beach.

According to Central Coast Fire, first responders arrived on scene to find the truck’s front end “fully engulfed” in flames.

“It looks like it was some sort of transmission or engine failure,” Central Coast Fire Lt. and Public Information Officer Erich Knudson told the News-Times Thursday morning. “You could see a lot of oil or something like that spilling onto the road coming from the front end.”

Local emergency dispatch put a call out for the vehicle fire call at 4:59 p.m., both Seal Rock and Central Coast Fire arrived about six minutes later and closed the highway to traffic. Vehicles were diverted around the scene for only about 45 minutes before the road reopened.

Responders from Pacific West Ambulance arrived minutes later, and the fire, which burned as the truck sat directly beneath power lines, forcing the road’s brief closure, was reportedly extinguished at 5:21 p.m.

“It was a really good response, and we had (the fire) knocked down in a matter of minutes,” Knudson said.

Fire crews performed cleanup duties before turning the scene over to Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police personnel.

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