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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A man is counting his blessings after the truck he was driving burst into flames at a Shell gas station truck stop in Muscle Shoals.

“The captain on the scene said the driver pulled up to get fuel, and he sees smoke coming out of his dash,” said Muscle Shoals Fire Marshal Donald Ray Coons. “He says then the next thing he sees there’s flames coming out of his dash.”

Coons said the driver first tried to put the flames out with a required fire extinguisher from his truck. That wasn’t enough.

“So, at this time the fire’s growing,” said Coons. “He’s at a fuel pump, under the canopy at the truck stop. This could turn very bad, but fortunately it didn’t.”

Muscle Shoals Fire & Rescue workers said the flames were massive when they arrived on scene around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The cab of the truck is a total loss. The gas station structure was also damaged.

Coons said the driver also tried to use the water pump next to the fuel pump, but the pipes were frozen from below freezing temperatures. That’s when he called 911.

Fire fighters on the scene said it took only minutes to put the fire out. The truck driver was not pumping gas at the time.

“Make sure to clear the scene, because there’s always the possibility of an explosion.”

Gas station clerks have assess to an emergency fuel shut off, which can stop the flames from spreading. Coons said Alabama state law and fuel laws also require a fire extinguisher to be on site.

“It could have been a whole lot worse than what it was,” Coon said about the late night incident. “Fortunately, no one was hurt and that is the main thing.”

The incident was all caught on camera. We’re currently working to track that video down.