Just before 9:30 p.m. this evening Central Montgomery County Fire Department and MCHD along with Caney Creek Fire Department were dispatched to a reported major accident with a vehicle fire at FM 1314 and Gulf Coast Road. Central Montgomery County arrived on the scene first to find a Camaro upside down and totally involved in flames. As firefighters started their initial attack on the fire one of the firefighters, John Gilbert was assisting to get additional hose off the truck which was close to fifty feet away. He was standing near the right front of the truck when an explosion was heard followed by something striking the truck right next to him. A second explosion turn out to be a sparkler bomb inside the vehicle.
After the fire was extinguished firefighters found a one inch diameter hole through the body of the fire truck. Lying on the ground next to it was the hydraulic cylinder which keeps the trunk of the car supported when open.
Chief Farthing said it could have been much worse, it could have been fatal if it struck him as with his height is would have hit about waist level. Farthing said vehicle fires are always dangerous as air bags, shock absorbers, bumper shocks or anything hydraulic could turn into a virtual missile.
DPS Trooper Brack said Chad Beeson, 23, of Conroe was westbound on Gulf Coast Road where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour. The driver was driving at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve and started to slide sideways. The vehicle struck the steel culvert pipe causing it t flip. As Beeson and his passenger exited the vehicle it erupted into flames.
The driver and passenger suffered minor injuries.
EDITORS NOTE: SEVERAL YEARS AGO ON A FIRE SCENE I WITNESSES TWO FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING A CAR FIRE WHEN THE REAR BUMPER SHOCKS SUPER HEATED AND SHOT THE BUMPER OFF LIKE A ROCKET BREAKING THE LEGS OF BOTH FIREFIGHTERS.