Two people burned after truck catches fire in Peoria

Two people were burned after a construction truck caught fire near 79th Avenue and Bell Road May 15, 2019. (File photo)

One person sustained significant burns after a vehicle fire in Peoria.

The Peoria Fire-Medical Department said units from Peoria and Glendale arrived at the scene of the fire before 8 a.m. Wednesday in a parking lot in the southeast corner of 79th Avenue and Bell Road.

Peoria officials said a construction truck carrying tar caught fire but crews extinguished it before 8:20 a.m.

“The oil burns at 550 degrees and the tar is over 400 degrees when its dispensed,” Engineer Mike Selmer stated.

One person was taken to the hospital with significant burns. Another person had minor burns.

However, the injuries do not appear life-threatening.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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