A dump truck caught on fire when the truck's boom broke a power line Dec. 21 on Highway 289 South by a power line right-of-way on Stonegate Road in Glencoe.
The fire was spotted from the highway after the Fulton County Sheriff's Office received calls of a power outage east of Salem. When Agnos-Heart-Glencoe and Morriston fire departments arrived firemen found a 1985 Ford 8000 dump truck belonging to A Cut Above Tree Service from Pineville, Mo., on fire, Traw said.
Someone had tried to dump tree limbs when the boom broke a power line which caught the truck on fire, Traw said. When officers and firemen arrived the truck had been abandoned, Traw said.
After North Arkansas Electric shut the power off firemen were able to put out the blaze. Lynn's wrecker service towed the vehicle from the scene.
Jake Hardin, line supervisor with NAEC, said the cooperative did not give anyone permission to dump brush at the location. He said the suspects had illegally entered the co-op's easement and dumped the brush on private property.
A conductor was damaged by the fire, Hardin, said but the biggest hardship was the outage which lasted over an hour.
A cellular telephone and a bag were discovered in the vehicle, Hardin said.
The following day the co-owner of the vehicle, Michael Fisher, contacted the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and told officers he had left the truck parked at the Glencoe Post Office the previous night and had gone home to Missouri, Traw said.
Fisher said he and the driver, Mike Reno, had parked the truck and placed the keys in the ashtray before heading home. He said the two had not finished working and intended to return to complete the job. He said someone had apparently stolen the vehicle from the location where he had left it.
Fisher said he has liability insurance only on the truck and said the incident was a hardship. "We've worked so hard to get where we're at," he said. Fisher said he doesn't know if the truck is a total loss.
The incident is under investigation.