Pickup Truck Fire on Thomas St. Near Thomas Middle School

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Truck fire on eastbound Thomas Street near Thomas Middle School. More photos from Facebook.com/CardinalEmergencies

Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:11 p.m. Friday to a pickup truck fire on Thomas Street, just east of Arlington Heights Road. Rescuers received multiple calls that the truck was on fire. Firefighters arrived to find a well-involved vehicle fire in the engine compartment and front seat area. Firefighters fought the truck fire with self-contained breathing apparatus. The fire was knocked within a couple of minutes. The driver was not injured, and students were never in any danger.

Police blocked eastbound Thomas at Arlington Heights Road and westbound Thomas Street at Belmont Avenue because of heavy smoke across the road.

Bus pickup for students attending class occurred after the fire was extinguished. Since Thomas Street was blocked, the west parking lot was closed off, and all buses boarded students on Belmont Avenue.

Close up of interior of pickup truck after fire. More photos from Facebook.com/CardinalEmergencies …

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