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Garbage Truck Fire at North End Fire Station

April 19, 2017 - This morning, Mercer Island Fire Department's Battalion 91, Engine 91, and Engine 92 were alerted to a garbage truck fire next to the north-end fire station in Town Center and three units responded.  Traffic control was provided by MIPD, and the City's Public Works Department assisted with the cleanup and storm water runoff controls. 

Firefighters discovered smoke coming from the rear of the garbage truck.  The driver stated the truck was completely full and he was unaware of how the fire started; as he pulled into the fire station he noticed the compressed contents in the truck's hopper were on fire. The fire was smoldering due to the lack of oxygen available in the confined space.

Up to 3000 gallons of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuels the garbage truck and the tanks are located on the top of the truck, above the fire location.  Firefighters were concerned that the inability to access the fire and cool tanks could lead to problems with increasing heat buildup and flame impingement.   In order to extinguish the fire and reduce the threat to the fuel tanks, the garbage was therefore pushed out onto the street. 

The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time.  The probable cause was due to hot or smoldering debris picked up during the garbage pick-up route.  No injuries were reported. 


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