REDDING, Calif. -

A driver escaped his burning vehicle in Redding, but he lost all his belongings.

The van went up in flames on Market Street near Lake Boulevard Wednesday night around 7 p.m.

The driver, Gary Edwards, told KRCR News Channel 7 he was driving on Market Street when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle. He used a fire extinguisher trying to put out the flames.  Unfortunately the vehicle was destroyed.

Edwards said he was preparing to go to Mexico this week and had all of his belongs packed inside the van.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by a mechanical problem.