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Vernon garbage truck forced to drop trash on city street after fire starts

A big heap of trash was dumped onto 25th Avenue in Vernon after it caught fire in the back of a garbage truck
August 11, 2021 - 12:13 PM

The operator of a garbage truck in Vernon had to dump his waste on a city street Tuesday, after realizing it was on fire.

For the safety of the driver and to mitigate any further damage, “he had to dump the contents onto the road,” said Christy Poirier, communications manager with the City of Vernon.

Rescue services responded to the call on 25 Avenue at 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 10.

“Firefighters were there very quickly,” Poirier said. “They had it suppressed right away. There were no injuries and no damage to any structures.”

Despite having an active fire in the back, the truck was also not damaged.

Once the fire was extinguished, heavy machinery was brought in to reload the garbage into the container.

READ MORE: Traffic backed up heading into Vernon due to vehicle fire

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