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November 22, 2013

Laurel man escapestruck after it catches fire

Franklin County resident William Bulmer, 78, of Laurel, escaped a fiery inferno of his 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving earlier this week.

Bulmer was traveling west on SR 244 and as he neared CR 365E, he encountered problems with the truck.

According to Rush County deputy Terry Drake, the 911 call resulted in multiple emergency departments responding to the 3600 block of East SR 244.

“When I arrived, smoke and flames were visible and the driver had already exited the vehicle,” Drake said.

The deputy continued by saying that Bulmer noticed smoke and flames coming from the truck and pulled to the side of the road . The Laurel man then exited the vehicle and was not injured in the event.

Initial concerns escalated due to gas leaking from the burning truck and additional fire personnel from Glenwood were called to assist the Milroy Fire Department.

“As a result of the leaking gas, firefighters had to use foam to extinguish the blaze,” Drake said.

As a result of the blaze, SR 244 east of Milroy was closed for nearly an hour, with east and west bound traffic rerouted to nearby county roads around the fire scene.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 732.932.2222 x106

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