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Ludowici/Long County Fire Department gets second vehicle fire in three days
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There was little that could be done to save this Ford Ranger, which was fully engulfed in flames Friday when firefighters arrived at a residence off Bradwell Dunham Road. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Ludowici/Long County Fire Department battled its second vehicle fire in three days when a truck fire was reported last Friday.
According to L/LCFD engineer Alan Rhoden, the department received the call Friday shortly after 1 p.m., indicating a truck was on fire at a residence off Bradwell Dunham Road.
L/LCFD Engine One arrived at the scene and Rhoden and firefighter Tyler Hall found a 1991 Ford Ranger fully engulfed in flames.
The firefighters pulled an attack line off the truck and began fighting the blaze. According to Hall, the fire was extinguished in about seven minutes.
The owner of the vehicle, Jarrod McDowell, said he had been working on the pick-up earlier, and had taken it for a test drive. After he returned with the truck, flames developed under the hood and had consumed the vehicle completely within minutes.
McDowell said he had been rebuilding the motor and did not know what had caused the fire.
 “I’m just glad it didn’t get to my home or around my kids,” McDowell said. “I’m thankful these guys got out here when they did, and got to it and put it out.”
L/LCFD Chief Darrell Balance, who also was on the scene, said the vehicle was a total loss.

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