Grilling accident leads to vehicle fire on Main Street

A grilling accident led to a pickup truck fire on July 4 on Main Street in Cortland, according to the city fire department.

A grill filled with hot charcoal tipped over in the bed of the truck about 7 p.m. near 206 Main Street catching the truck on fire, said Captain Colleen Price.

A total of 12 firefighters responded to the fire with three fire trucks, Price noted.

No one was ticketed in the incident, said city police Lt. Michael Strangeway.

The truck had to be towed from the scene, Price said.

Price cautioned city residents to make sure the charcoal briquets are doused and cool, or the propane is disconnected, before attempting to transport a grill.