SMOKEY POINT, Wash. — Toys “R” Us is temporarily halting the sales of a toy truck that caught on fire in Washington State.
The fire erupted on a highway and burned down customers’ pickup truck.
“Sparks and smoke coming from inside of the box, like fire, it was hot,” Roxsane Harden said.
The fire erupted in the bed of their Ford Ranger on I-5 in Smokey Point Friday night.
She and her husband Delmond were on their way home from Toys “R” Us in Everett. They had just bought a 12-volt Tonka Mighty Wheels dump truck for their grandson, and incredibly, they realized it was on fire.
“I said we gotta pull over, we gotta get out of this truck. So we pulled over, flames start shooting,” Harden said.
The flames were so intense and so stubborn even the fire extinguishers the Washington state trooper had couldn’t douse the flames.
“The officer, when he looked on, he said the flames looked, appeared to be 15, 20 feet high. Yeah, it was pretty shocking,” Delmond Harden said.
“So I went to go, they told me to get whatever I needed out of the car, like my purse. So I’m in the back grabbing my purse and stuff and as I’m leaning over, I hear pop. And all this glass shattered in from and then there was smoke and dust inside,” Roxsane Harden said.
They had to call the fire department to put the fire out, and not much is left of their truck.
Based on this, Toys “R” Us says it won’t sell the toy truck to anyone else while it investigates.
“That is the way to go. Good for Toys “R” Us. That is perfect because the biggest shopping day of the year is coming up,” Delmond Harden said.
No one was injured in the fire.
But the Hardens say they are lucky they didn’t bring the toy home, because the damage would’ve been even worse there.