Small Idaho fire destroys engine, crew “lucky to escape”

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A small fire near Richfield, Idaho destroyed an fire engine while its crew was fighting a 27-acre blaze, The Times-News reported.

The Richfield Fire Department was responding to the fire when the engine got stuck in a rock and sand pile, the department’s chief told local media. The crew had to abandon the truck as it fled the encroaching fire.

Crews did “everything they could,” he said. “We’re lucky we didn’t lose anyone.”

The fire was initially started when a truck lost a tire, and sparks from its bare rim ignited flames in nearby brush, the paper reported. Richfield is in south-central Idaho.

I’m working to get more details on story.–Ryan