A Ford pickup truck, which burst into flames along the southbound side of Highway 101 between Betteravia Road and Santa Maria Way, slowed traffic in the area Tuesday morning.

Around 11:30 a.m., a Ford pickup pulled to the right-hand shoulder of Highway 101, with flames and smoke reportedly coming from its engine area, according to emergency radio dispatchers. 

When Santa Maria Fire Department crews arrived, they found the vehicle on fire and one of its two occupants quickly trying to remove their belongings from the truck.

No one was injured in the blaze, according to Santa Maria Fire Battalion Chief Tony Clayburg.

The Santa Maria Fire Department responded to the fire with two fire engines and was able to quickly extinguish the blaze with the help of an additional fire engine from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. 

Clayburg called the fire minor, possibly electrical in origin, and said it ignited in the truck's dashboard area. 

The right lane of Highway 101 was closed during the incident but reopened Tuesday afternoon.  

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