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VIDEO: Man in wheelchair rescued from burning car

8 months 4 days 6 hours ago Wednesday, November 16 2016 Nov 16, 2016 November 16, 2016 8:51 PM November 16, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A man with only one arm and no legs escaped a burning vehicle in a parking lot Tuesday.

A pickup truck ignited into a large fire outside of a shopping center near the corner of Bluebonnet and Perkins around 2 p.m. Video of the fire recorded by a passerby on the street showed the cab of the truck engulfed in flames. At times, flames and thick smoke rose above the roof of nearby businesses.

A hoist was seen in the bed of the truck, similar to equipment used by people to load and unload wheelchairs into vehicles.

A man waiting for a bus noticed someone in the vehicle and rushed to pull them out.  The man inside the truck said his wife was inside a store when the pickup caught on fire.

Firefighters put the fire out.  A second vehicle was damaged during the blaze.

Specific information about the cause and any reports of injuries have not been released.

If you would like to help the man who was saved, who also lost his truck in the fire, click here.

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