Flaming truck ignites south side car wash

INDIANAPOLIS - A south side carwash sustained heavy damage Sunday after a vehicle caught fire while inside.

Kathy Stricker, 57, told firefighters she had borrowed a 1997 Ford F250 from a friend to haul mulch and was taking it to Hog Wash Car Wash on South Shelby Street to clean it off when the fire occurred.

According to Stricker, as she was inserting coins into the machine to turn the sprayers on, she noticed flames coming from the engine compartment of the truck.

Stricker and another customer began trying to extinguish the truck with buckets of water, but were unsuccessful.

Strick said she also jumped back into the truck to attempt to move it, but was unable to.

The flames eventually spread from the truck to the rest of the structure, doing an estimated $300,000 worth of damage.

The manager of the carwash, who was in an upstairs apartment at the time, was able to evacuate safely.

No one else was injured.

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