Oregon cop pulls SW Washington man from burning van

Becca Robbins / The Colombian

A Lincoln City, Oregon police officer pulled a Battle Ground man from a burning van early Friday morning after the man fell asleep with the van running for warmth overnight, the service said. from police.

Police and firefighters were dispatched at 4:36 a.m. to the Lighthouse Square parking lot in the 4100 block of North Highway 101 to report a vehicle fire.

Officer Andrew Johnson was the first to arrive and found flames engulfing the engine compartment of a 2000 Toyota pickup truck. As the officer looked around, a tire exploded from the heat, a statement said. police press.

Johnson found a man, identified as Richard McMillen, 69, of Battle Ground, in the driver’s seat. McMillen looked disoriented and Johnson reached into the burning van and pulled him out, according to the press release.

Flames began to engulf the interior of the van as Johnson pulled McMillen to safety, the agency said.

North Lincoln Fire and Rescue arrived and quickly extinguished the fire. A team from Pacific West Ambulance checked McMillen, but he appeared to have no burns. The crew took him to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for evaluation, the press release said.

Investigators have determined that the fire started in the pickup truck’s engine. They did not know what caused the fire but said it did not appear suspicious.

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