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Family escapes engine fire started while driving

Liberty fire officials say an engine fire was responsible for destroying a family's truck while heading out on a camping trip, but equipment for their getaway put them at an even higher risk. 

Liberty Fire Chief Don says his crews were called to the scene of an engine fire in a pickup truck near the old Flying Inn just outside of Quincy.

"Coming down 104, he said he smelled something hot like a brake or something," Loos said. "By the time he got off the road, flames started coming out of the hood of the truck."

Darrell Liesen and his family rushed out of the pickup truck to safety and then made the call to 911.

Loos says his team acted swiftly and had the fire out in five minutes.

Officials say the family was carrying propane tanks in the camper that the truck was pulling behind it and fire crews were worried about them exploding.

"What we did very first is shut down the eastbound lane to 104," Loos said. "With the tanks we didn't know if or when they were going to explode."

Loos says thankfully those tanks didn't explode or else the results could have been catastrophic. It's a pretty dangerous situation," Loos said.

The cause of the engine fire is unknown.

Officials say a vehicle driving past the scene of the fire almost struck a sheriff's deputy vehicle because it was speeding. Loos wants to remind everyone to slow down while driving past an emergency situation.  

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