Firefighters from the Wellton Fire Department were called to an agriculture field near William Street and the railroad tracks Monday morning for a report of a vehicle on fire.

According to Battalion Chief David Rodriguez, the call was received at about 9:52 a.m. The first firefighters on scene found a 2004 GMC pickup truck fully engulfed in flames.

"It was a farm vehicle that was traveling a field road next to the railroad," Rodriguez said. "There was one occupant and he was out of the vehicle when we arrived."

Rodriguez said firefighters immediately began extinguishing the fire and had it completely out within minutes.

The driver of the pickup told firefighters that he was unplugging a spotlight that had been plugged into the pickup's cigarette lighter when he saw smoke and flames coming from the dashboard.

"He tried to put the fire out but the flames spread too quick," Rodriguez said.

Although not seriously injured, Rodriguez said the driver did sustain some minor burns to his hands and was treated for them at the scene and released.

The Wellton Police Department and TriValley Ambulance also responded to the call.

James Gilbert can be reached at or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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