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COLUMBUS (April 23, 2014) – A truck caught fire outside a movie theater in Columbus Wednesday morning.

Columbus firefighters were called to 555 Creekview Dr. at 8:55 a.m. in response to a vehicle fire in the parking lot of the AMC Showplace 12 movie theater. When they arrived, they found flames and smoke coming from a pickup truck. Firefighters extinguished the flames in about five minutes. The truck wasn’t parked close to the movie theater.

The truck, a 1993 Ford Super Duty Utility pickup, is owned by Baxter Salvage of Columbus. The driver, Robert Baxter, said he was driving the truck when smoke started coming into the cab through the heater vents. He pulled over to look under the hood and saw flames coming from the engine compartment. He tried to smother the fire with his coat but was unable to do so.

A passing driver stopped and called 911, bringing firefighters and Columbus police to the scene. Baxter, who said he’d owned the pickup for two years, was not hurt.

Damage was estimated at $4,000. The cause of the fire is underdetermined, but investigators said it started in the engine compartment.