A pickup truck burst into flames on U.S. 85/87 in the Security-Widefield area Tuesday evening.
No one was injured in the fire, which firefighters believe was caused by a failed fuel line and a hot engine.
Jesus Ramirez said he felt a "whoosh" on the bottom of his truck before it caught on fire.
Michael Lambkins, service manager at H&H Tire, said the truck was billowing smoke when it pulled over to the side of the road in front of his business around 5:15 p.m.
"There was fire everywhere," he said. "We tried to put it out with our extinguishers. My co-worker called 911; it just rang and rang and rang. We couldn't get a hold of anybody," Lambkins said. Lambkins said he and another man spent 10 to 15 minutes trying to put the fire out before firefighters arrived several minutes later.
Earlier this month, Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey told the City Council that the 911 call center has had as many as 5,000 abandoned calls in one month. He is hoping to add six call-takers to the center next year, if the 2014 budget allows.