Garbage truck catches on fire

Damage estimated at $65,000

PEORIA, Ill. - Peoria firefighters and paramedics were sent to 5417 North University for a report of a garbage truck on fire.

Crews arrived on the scene Thursday morning and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the front of a garbage truck. Peoria Firefighters/Paramedics stretched a hand line to the front of the truck and quickly extinguished the main body of the fire.

First responders then advanced a hand line to the compactor area and extinguished the large amount of cardboard.

The fire was contained to the compactor and cab. The driver was able to exit the truck unharmed.

The cause of the fire is believed to be hot materials coming in contact with paper products.

The estimated damage of the fire is about $65,000.


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