A morning fishing trip could have turned deadly for a Charlestown man whose truck became stuck in the sand.
NBC 10 spoke with one of the officers who arrived at the scene first. Lt. Pat McMahon said he just can't believe the size of the flames he saw shooting from the truck when he first pulled up.
"As I was going down Charlestown Beach Road, I saw the black plume of smoke several hundred feet in the air, and you know when I got there, the flames were probably shooting as you can tell, a good 15 or 20 feet above the vehicle," McMahon said.
The bright orange flames and towering smoke plume tell quite a scary story.
McMahon says it all started when Jonathan Maguire's 2007 Dodge pickup got stuck in the sand on Charlestown Beach.
"He had attempted to use his four-wheel-drive to get himself out of the sand. However, he was unable to do so and ended up burying his truck. It became a futile effort to try to get the truck out without a tow truck," McMahon said.
After that, police said Maguire tried to use the truck's own muscle to get it out.
"He kept going, and it appears that he overheated the vehicle to the point that the vehicle then caught fire. He attempted to dig out the truck, he attempted to throw sand onto the fire," the lieutenant said.
And what the 68-year-old fisherman did after that could have cost him his life.
"He ended up getting underneath the truck, and another fisherman came up upon him and actually dragged him out from underneath the truck, at which point the truck completely burst into flames and as the pictures show, it became fully involved," McMahon said.
Police said Maguire collapsed once in front of the EMTs, but he ended up going home after the truck was towed by a special wrecker.
NBC 10 visited Maguire's home. When his wife came to the door she did not want to go on camera, but did tell NBC 10 that she's just grateful to the man who stepped in to pull her husband out from under the burning truck and bring him to safety.
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