Snow plow driver describes moment truck burst into flames

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In the middle of the cold and snow, a snow plow went up in flames. Now, the driver and his wife who were inside are telling us about their dramatic escape.

What Jesse Angel thought was just a small issue, turned out to be a life-threatening ordeal.

“when I first saw the smoke, I thought maybe we had burned up a belt or something minor, I didn’t think it’d be anything to this extreme,” said Jesse Angel.

The smoke was coming from under the hood when the snow plow driver was about to clear the roads in a south side subdivision.

“We realized there was smoke coming from the hood. I stopped the truck, went to take a look at it, popped the hood, and there was flames coming up over the motor.”

Jesse’s wife was actually in the passenger seat on her phone, as the fire began to quickly ravage the truck.

“I told her get out of the truck because it was on fire and she said ‘What?’ and looked up and saw the flames coming up through the hood of the truck and jumped out.”

She made it out just in time.

“All of the plastic and door handles are completely melted, the hood is melted and twisted from the heat.”

Jesse was ready for the big snow storm and Fox59 cameras were with him and the same truck last week for the first snow this winter. What a difference a week makes!

“Literally, within two minutes, the whole truck was on fire and within 10 minutes, the truck burned right to the ground.”

Firefighters were there in minutes, but they had no chance: The truck was filled with de-icer, WD-40 and other flammable fluids.

“When the fire department showed up, (there were) two or three other explosions while they were getting prepared.”

There was a fire extinguisher in the truck but it was water-based.

“If I had the right fire extinguisher for electrical or oil, I think it would’ve been out really fast and the truck might’ve been saved.”
But saved, most importantly, were the Angels.

“I’ve been doing this 20 years and never had anything like this happen at all,” said Jesse Angel.

The Angels have several other trucks so their plowing business will continue.  They hope insurance will cover the truck that was destroyed.

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