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Food truck burns down, owners devastated

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) —  Last Friday a wiring malfunction set the Tastes of Chicago food truck on fire where it was parked in the owner’s backyard just after working an event.
Neighbors called the fire department who eventually put out the fire.
But it was too late. The truck is now unusable.

“I just literally sat there and just watched it burn.,” Morgan Pittman, co-owner of the Tastes of Chicago food truck, said. The loss was significant, as the food truck is the Pittmans’ only source of income.

“We both quit our full time jobs to take this on,” Morgan said. 

She and her husband Reggie Pittman got their food truck in March.

“We put our heart and soul into it,” she said.

Morgan was at home and called Reggie as the truck burned.

“Everything just went numb,” she said. “I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t stop it, I couldn’t change it. I couldn’t help.”

Reggie rushed home when he heard the news.

“I just kept praying, saying ‘I hope it’s not bad, and let me hurry up and get home,'” he said. 

Nobody was injured in the fire.

“The good, the great in this situation is none of us were on the truck,” Reggie said. “So that’s the great. Like I said this [truck] can be replaced but this [family] can’t.”

Reggie is a south side Chicago native and has been a chef for 27 years. He is no stranger to loss. He left Chicago after the deaths of his two sons and a brother. But he missed the food, so he and his wife took a risk to become their own boss and bring Chicago-style cuisine to Greater Lafayette.

“Trying and failing is better than not trying at all,” he said.

The Pittmans said they won’t let this setback keep them down.

“We are planning on definitely coming back, going bigger, better,” Morgan said. “We’ve already started working on menus.”

They feel Greater Lafayette is uplifting them during this time.

“We’ve had a huge support from the community,” Morgan said. “I mean, even though we’ve only been going for three months. We’ve had a huge support team through Lafayette, even Boone County.”