Harris, who has been helping during harvest time in the county for several years, was clearly disappointed.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Harris said. “I went in to the Planter’s Co-op to buy T-shirts and then walked out and saw my truck ... I had just put in a brand new motor a month and a half ago.”
Harris had left the truck running to stay cool as he went into the co-op to buy souvenirs, since he was about to head back to Arkansas after working in the area for about a month.
He explained that he saw and smelled the smoke that was coming from a small electrical box near the door when he looked inside. The fire happened very quickly. Before he could even find the fire extinguisher, it was too late; he saw his truck become quickly engulfed in flames.
Authorities were notified right away. Odem’s Fire Department had received the call at 12:28 p.m. and was on scene just a few minutes later. Deputy Ron Ramirez was dispatched from the police department at 1:07 p.m. Both northbound and southbound lanes on Highway 77 were closed, and traffic diverted.
The reports state that the corn silos, next to where Harris’ truck was parked, did not have damage. Harris had finished the last day of harvest in the area with T-shirts, but a loss of about $82,000 for his truck, according to Harris’ estimate.