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Meridian man severely burned at Ontario truck stop fire

Truck Fire Ontario
Posted at 5:35 PM, Nov 02, 2023

ONTARIO, Oregon — A Meridian man is hospitalized with severe burns after a large fire Thursday afternoon at an Ontario, Oregon truck stop.

Ontario Police & Fire were dispatched to the Love’s Travel Center around 4:15 p.m. Thursday to reports of a man on fire and a large fire.

Officials identified the man involved in the incident as 61-year-old Joseph Pesola of Meridian, Idaho.

Fire officials respond to Love's Truck Stop in Ontario. Photo by Doug-Locksmith/KIVI

According to officials, he had sustained severe burns to his body and was transported via ambulance to a hospital in Boise.

In a press release, the Ontario Fire Department said the fire originated from a commercial motor vehicle in a vacant lot east of Loves Travel Center. The mobile station used for the transfer of liquid natural gas.

The surrounding area was evacuated, and no additional injuries were reported resulting from the incident.

The investigation by the Ontario Fire Department is ongoing and information will be shared as it becomes available.