No one injured during ATV fire
WHITE CITY — A fire engulfed an all-terrain vehicle Sunday evening and forced the three riders to jump out in a course along Highway 140.
Jackson County Fire District 3 responded to multiple calls for the fire around 4:50 p.m. Oregon Department of Forestry also responded to the scene to help contain a grass fire caused by the inflamed vehicle.
The fire was extinguished quickly, but not before it has consumed everything but the ATV's frame. Captain Tom Kerley confirmed no injuries.
Rogelio Anapasso, one of the three riders, said the fire started from the engine in the back and quickly engulfed the whole vehicle.
"We were riding, then all the sudden one of the guys felt his hand burning up. When we looked back, the whole thing had already caught on fire," he said. "We jumped out of it. ... It was pretty scary."
Witnesses tried to put out the fire with fire extinguisher but to no avail, Anapasso said.
One of the witnesses said she "was running like hell" when the ATV started catching on fire.
The ATV was a Polaris' 2016 RZR 1000 and cost about $23,000, the owner Juan Bautista said. Polaris has recalled several of its off-highway vehicle since last year due to burn and fire hazards, including model RZR and model GENERAl.
"I have heard this model is very prone to fire," Bautista said. "But I have never seen anything like this before."
— Reach reporting intern Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or firstname.lastname@example.org