Perrin escapes injury in truck fire.

A Coats man escaped injury when his pickup caught fire just north of Coats on Friday afternoon.

James Perrin, 71 of Coats, was southbound on SE 50th Avenue just north of Coats when a fire started in the back of his 1995 Ford F 150 pickup. Perrin stopped the pickup in the southbound lane and was able to get out without injury. Coats fire department arrived on the scene and found the pickup fully engulfed in flames. They had the fire out very quickly. Coats Fire Chief Rick Shriver said the cause of the fire was undetermined but there were lithium batteries in bed of the pickup as well as numerous other items. The pickup was a total loss. The fire was reported about 2:10 p.m. and no one was injured.