by AMY FURR
A police officer in Marietta, Oklahoma, rescued a sleeping man on Monday when a semi-truck he was parked close to went up in flames.
Love County Assistant Emergency Manager David Bond said a semi carrying seven vehicles was exiting I-35 when one of its rear tires suddenly blew out, KXII reported.
Once the driver pulled into a Valero parking lot, the tire caught on fire and spread over the rest of the hauler. The flames damaged the cars the semi carried and spread to other vehicles nearby.
“One was occupied by a sleeping man. Bond said Marietta officer Lance Glaze woke him up in time,” the outlet continued, adding it took nearly an hour to put the fire out, but no one was injured.
The Fire Department Love County shared photos of the scene, showing the semi engulfed in flames and black smoke rising into the air.
The department also thanked the Marietta Police, the Love County Sheriff’s Office, and Love County EMS for working to clear the area and helping the firefighters.
“A big thank you to the workers at Valero for providing cold drinks to the Firefighters,” the department noted.
Following the incident, a man who appeared to be friends with Officer Glaze shared the news story and praised him for rescuing the sleeping individual.