Truck catches fire while Twin Falls man underneath working on it

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) A truck in Twin Falls caught fire while a man was underneath working on it.

The Twin Falls Fire Department went to Hillcrest View Drive around 5 p.m. on Wednesday to put out a truck that was on fire.

When they arrived, the truck was fully engulfed in flames. They were able to put out the fire before it spread to the nearby house. The man working on it was mostly uninjured, but was singed a bit on his arm.

The fire department said the man was drilling near the gas tank and that somehow lead to the ignition catching fire. Brian Cunningham, a battalion chief with the Twin Falls Fire Department. said they were happy the situation didn't end up worse.

"Absolutely it could have been worse," Cunningham said. "Because he was under the vehicle when it happened."

For Riley Surber, the man working on the car, the whole thing happened fast.

"I was doing some work on the underside. Gasoline started dripping then it ignited on me, not really sure what happened to be honest, but it was kind of scary, but I'm good, that's all that matters," Surber said.

Surber said he was grateful firefighters were able to keep the damage to the truck in the driveway and not the house. He was also relieved the situation didn't end up worse.

"It'll be cleaned up in a day and it'll be a be a memory," Surber said.

The fire department said the truck is likely a total loss.

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