After having a mechanical malfunction, a compact pickup truck driven by Dale Birdsall of Keuka Park, caught fire just before 9 a.m. July 13 on Elm Street in Penn Yan between Liberty and Keuka Streets.

Birdsall escaped the truck without injury. Black smoke and two explosions occurred as the rear tires of the truck were burst by the flames. Penn Yan Police and Fire fighters responded as did the Yates County Office of Emergency Management and Fire Investigation Team.

The fire was quickly extinguished, and the scene was cleared within the hour. The vehicle was a total loss.