Van burnt to a crisp when driver uses it in attempt to extinguish field fire

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CLAY COUNTY, Mo. -- A loaded gun went off when the van it was stored in caught fire in a rural Clay County corn field on Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters responded quickly to spray water on a Dodge minivan that was burnt to a crisp.

The car's owner didn't want to talk to FOX 4 on camera, but told us that he was burning a pile of trash when the wind caught the flames and spread the fire to nearby corn stalks.

He said he first tried to put it out with a rake, then hopped into his van and tried to drive over it, but his back tire caught fire.

He got out before the car was engulfed. A gun he had stored underneath the passenger seat discharged a few times, but no one was hurt.