VIDEOS: An hourlong pursuit came to a fiery end after the deployment of a spike strip that led to sparks flying from the front of a stolen big rig Wednesday into early Thursday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the semi-truck was stolen out of a gas station in Bakersfield. It is unclear what the big rig was carrying.
CHP was able to successfully deploy a spike strip that blew the front two tires of the vehicle near Upland. However, the driver continued traveling eastbound on the 210 Freeway with sparks flying from where the tires once were.
After reaching Rancho Cucamonga, more sparks came out of the front of the vehicle until it burst into flames. Ditching the vehicle off the side of the eastbound 210 Freeway near Finch Avenue, the driver ran off.
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VIDEO: A funeral service was held Wednesday for Selma firefighter and paramedic Chris Nelson who was paralyzed 10 years ago during a training incident.
Nelson died earlier this month on Feb. 8 which fell on the tenth anniversary of the incident.
Hundreds of family and friends along with firefighters from across the valley gathered at Saint Joseph’s Church in Selma.
Fresno Fire Department Captain Jeffery Guynn says he worked with Nelson during his time with the Selma Fire Department in the mid-2000s.
“He was always fun, he had funny stories, he was always upbeat, so if we had a rough day and a call in the middle of the night and Chris showed up, he had a smile and it would make all of us smile,” said Guynn.
He said even after the accident Nelson never let go of his fun loving spirit.
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VIDEO: With the help of heavy equipment and a massive team of specialists, Los Angeles firefighters were able to rescue a 1,200-pound horse who sank into a hole in Lake View Terrace.
The horse named Lucky was stuck for hours in the muddy ground, after the property owner says an apparent sinkhole opened up in the backyard.
Firefighters were eventually able to pull her out, hoisting her with the help of an excavator, and while she seemed to be in distress, she otherwise appeared to be unharmed and was walking on her own.
"The name of the game is to not hurt the horse, to keep her calm," LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said while the rescue was still underway. "She's been in mild to moderate distress at this time and we want to get her freed and get more definitive care."
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