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Trash truck catches fire at northwest Wichita apartment complex

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, March 3, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, March 3, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.

Trash truck fire at Wichita apartment complex

Wichita firefighters extinguish a Waste Management trash truck fire at the Westlink Village Apartments, 505 N. Tyler. Battalion Chief Brad Boyd said there were no injuries in the fire and the flames did not reach a nearby carport. The trash was to be unloaded and fully extinguished before a cause could be determined, he said.

A trash truck caught fire late Monday morning at Westlink Village Apartments, 506 N. Tyler, authorities said. The fire was reported at 11:32 a.m. at the complex near Central and Tyler.

The driver had just emptied a dumpster’s contents into the truck when he noticed smoke, Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Boyd said. No injuries were reported, but because the truck was so close to parking porticos – which, in turn, were near an apartment building – multiple firetrucks were dispatched to the complex.

Firefighters poured foam on the truck to extinguish the fire, Boyd said. The truck’s contents will be dumped onto the parking lot asphalt so firefighters can put out any lingering hotspots. The cause of the fire is unclear, Boyd said, though fireplace ashes were mentioned as a potential culprit.

Verna Rae Clark said her grandchildren will have a story to share on Tuesday when they talk about what they did on their “snow day.”

Residents of the building near the burning truck were unable to leave for several hours, Clark said, but she didn’t mind. She planned to continue playing with her grandchildren.

“They’ll have something to tell classmates,” she said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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