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Authorities identify man who died in fiery crash on Interstate 29 south of Grand Forks

Pickup burns in Dickinson

A Dickinson firefighter stands feet away from a vehicle fire Friday morning at an apartment building parking lot. A 1986 GMC pickup caught fire after a likely fuel leak, according to the Dickinson Fire Department, which reported no injuries from the blaze.

Some residents and passers-by on Dickinson's north side got a glimpse of an unusual sight Friday morning.

A pickup truck in the parking lot of an apartment complex west of the Prairie Hills Mall caught fire just after 8 a.m., sending bright flames and thick black smoke skyward.

The fire started under the hood of Will Smith's 1986 GMC pickup as he was attempting to jump start the van he uses for his job in the parking lot of a complex in the 1500 block of 10th Avenue West.

"I was trying to jump the van when I looked over and saw a fire by the carburetor of my truck," said Smith, a tenant in the residential complex. "I went into the building and got a fire extinguisher to try to put it out, but it went dry before I could get it completely out."

Smith said he retrieved a second fire extinguisher, but ended up with the same result.

Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak said his department was able to get the fire under control just before 8:30 a.m. and reported no injuries from the incident.

Several Dickinson Police Department vehicles and three DFD units responded to the scene. In addition to the truck being totaled, Sivak said the van Smith was attempted to jump and a third vehicle parked in the lot were also damaged. Sivak said a dozen firefighters responded to the scene.

"It looks like it was caused by a fuel leak," Sivak said. "Something like that isn't very common, but it does happen, especially with some of the older vehicles."

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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