Firefighters putting out a semi-truck fire
Philomath Fire & Rescue extinguished a semi-truck engine fire Thursday afternoon. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

A semi-truck parked on South 20th Street between Main and Applegate streets caught fire Thursday and Philomath Fire & Rescue knocked it down in roughly 15 minutes, Capt. Rich Saalsaa reported.

The fire department arrived on the scene at 4:37 p.m. to find flames coming from the truck’s engine compartment. Saalsaa said it took five minutes to bring the fire under control and another 10 minutes to fully extinguish it.

Saalsaa said the fire destroyed the engine of the truck, estimated at approximately $20,000 in damage. The truck driver was not in the vehicle at the time and there were no injuries reported related to the incident.

Saalsaa said the initial investigation indicates that the fire was caused by an electrical short.

Philomath Fire & Rescue responded with one engine and a crew of five with one command officer.