Officials respond to truck fire in Albany

Officials respond to truck fire in Albany
Alphonso Harris. (Source: WALB)
The fire started at the drive through at the Ameris Bank on N Westover Blvd and Dawson Rd. (Source: WALB).
The fire started at the drive through at the Ameris Bank on N Westover Blvd and Dawson Rd. (Source: WALB).
Authorities said the Ford 150 was covered in flames Saturday. (Source: WALB)
Authorities said the Ford 150 was covered in flames Saturday. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man said he's lucky to be alive after his truck went up in flames at a bank.

It happened at Ameris Bank on North Westover Boulevard and Dawson Road around 11:30 Saturday.

Alphonso Harris said he is, of course, upset about the loss of his truck.

He managed to get a few things out before the flames spread.

But he ultimately said, he was the best thing to escape the fire.

Harris was trying to get to the bank Saturday morning before it closed.

"All the tellers were full, so it wasn't nobody behind me, I was the last one in the middle lane," he said.

When he pulled into the drive-through, he was flagged down by another driver who says she saw smoke.

Harris said he was able to back out, not thinking it was a big problem.

"It was smoking just that bad, I didn't think it was on fire, but that's what it was," said Harris.

Moments later, he said the fire spread from the bottom of the car to underneath the hood.

"I got out, the smoke got to me, but I couldn't go back to it because the smoke was too bad" "everything happened so fast all I was trying to do was get it out from under there, and get out it."

Albany Police and fire responded to the scene.

As for Harris, he said he is at a complete loss.

"I just bought the truck, it had some kinks in it I was trying to work out, but it wasn't no gas problems. I don't know what to do, I ain't got no, all my stuff burned up in there."

He said even with many of his things that were inside, gone, and him grabbing what he could, he is grateful.

"I was the best thing to come out of that," he said.

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