Syracuse firefighters save outdoor event big screen

SYRACUSE – Syracuse firefighters stopped a fire before it could destroy a giant outdoor event cinema screen and may have saved the show at the Pawnee County Fair.

Brian Burger and Randy Ragan, both of Missouri, were hauling the mobile screen for the evening entertainment at the fair.



Burger said a rattling turned to a loud pop and they lost engine power on Highway 50. They soon realized the truck was on fire.

Although fire raged through the truck and its contents, firefighters extinguished the blaze before it could spread to the mobile display trailer.

Burger: “It’s more or less a big screen television for live events and we were heading down to Pawnee City for a live event.”

The men were hoping to get a tow for the trailer to make it to the event on time.

Burger: “As you know, the show must go on.”