'Flames everywhere:' Passerby alerts street sweeper driver to vehicle fire

The fire was reported on Ashley Phosphate Road shortly before 10 a.m. (Source: Live 5)
The fire was reported on Ashley Phosphate Road shortly before 10 a.m. (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A passerby alerted a street sweeper driver that his vehicle was burning on Ashley Phosphate Road Tuesday night.

Charleston County dispatchers say fire crews responded shortly before 10 p.m. to Ashley Phosphate Road at Rivers Avenue.

All four lanes of Ashley Phosphate were shut down for a short time because of the fire until a tow truck could get to the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, Arthur Gibson, said the vehicle had just been serviced and he was on his way to the Otranto area when he began smelling burning wire but didn't see smoke.

"A young lady, a passerby, saw that the fire was coming from the rear compartment because I have a rear motor," Gibson said. "And I stopped, got out of the vehicle and noticed flames everywhere."

He said he grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to douse the flames, but couldn't put them out, so he ran to the nearest phone and called 911.

Gibson said he was concerned about other drivers and tried to direct them away from the burning vehicle until help could arrive.

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