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Witnesses help pull man out of burning truck in McDonalds drive-thru lane

WHIO Dayton 11/18/2022 WHIO Staff

A man was pulled from his vehicle after it caught fire in the McDonalds drive-thru lane Friday afternoon, according to fire crews on scene.

“It’s pretty lucky there is some folks that wanted to help them out today,” Brian Taylor with Riverside Fire Department said, “and civilians really helped us out getting them out of that vehicle.”

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The Riverside Fire Department received reports of a car on fire in the drive-thru lane at the McDonalds on Harshman Road in Riverside, across the street from Stebbins High School, fire crews said.

As crews received further information, they learned that the victim was trapped inside of his truck as civilians in the parking lot were attempting to pull the victim out, crews reported.

Crews believe the victim was not pinned down in his vehicle, but was unable to exit through the driver’s side and was attempting to escape through the passenger side window. The victim was pulled from the vehicle prior to crews arriving on scene.

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Crews upgraded the fire to a full structural assignment once the fire began to spread from the truck to the side of the building, crews reported.

Fire crews on scene were able to contain the fire fairly quickly, according to fire crews on scene. No employees were injured and the victim was not transported to the hospital.

Pictures from the scene show the second drive-thru window is charred and damaged. Crews said the inside of the building received minor water damage.

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McDonalds will be closed as maintenance is done inside the building and the Health Department will follow specific procedures to reopen the store, fire crews reported.

The investigation into what caused the truck to catch fire is ongoing.

We will update this story as we learn more.

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