Garbage truck fire in Hazel Green won't change regular routes

The Madison County Sanitation Department wants local residents to know that garbage routes and times will not be impacted after a garbage truck caught fire and was destroyed on Wednesday.

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 4:32 PM

After a garbage truck caught fire this morning, the Madison County Sanitation Department wants local residents to know that garbage routes and times will not be impacted. Firefighters with Toney Fire and Rescue say the truck caught fire on Helton Avenue around 7:30 Wednesday morning. Officials say the fire started in the engine and spread throughout the truck.

Julanna Lynn Jarman could see the fire from the front steps of her home.

"I heard the explosion and immediately something had blown up," Jarman said. "I went to the front door and saw the flames shooting up, could have been 60 yards up in the air, It was way above the utility lines here."

The Madison County Sanitation Department tells WAAY31 there are still 15 garbage trucks and because these trucks are so expensive, they do not have any intentions of replacing the truck at the moment. The Sanitation Department and Toney Fire and Rescue are still investigating what caused the fire in the first place. Officials say the driver of the truck safely escaped the truck and nobody was injured in the fire.

The Sanitation Department says a truck catching fire like this is very rare, but it has happened in the past. A spokesperson said years ago, a truck blew up due to internal electrical issues.

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