Firefighters from Crockery and Spring Lake Township fire departments responded to the call for help shortly after 5 p.m. The caller reported the truck as being about 20 feet from the house.
Brian Brown, 18120 144th Avenue, said he was in the house when he saw smoke drifting by the window. As his girlfriend called 911, he ran outside and used a garden hose to try to keep the fire down, but had to back away.
Crockery Fire Chief Gary Dryer said firefighters basically had the fire knocked down when the fuel tank dropped and “that caused a little extra challenge.”
Brown said when he first went outside the fire was coming from behind the seat in the cab of the truck.
“There was a full tank of gas. That’s what the guys were fighting,” Brown said. “The gas kept pouring.
Family members who live close by gasped as flames billowed, tires popped and a compartment door blew off the side of the truck. They pointed out that one of the headlights was still on after the fire was extinguished.
Brown said that firefighters were on the scene quickly.
“They did a real good job,” he said.
The pickup truck had a work box on it and was used in the construction business.
Brown said the vehicle belonged to Muskegon Quality Builders and it was full of tools.
He had been driving it for the past two years.
Although the truck was close to the house, there was minimal damage to the siding, the fire chief said.
Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.