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Norwalk Firefighters Extinguish Garbage Truck Blaze

The front-loading garbage truck was reportedly in the middle of Connecticut Avenue when the fire started. When firefighters arrived on scene, the cab of the truck was already well involved and rapidly spreading to the container.

 

Firefighters with the Norwalk Fire Department extinguished a garbage truck fire on Friday afternoon.

According to a report from Deputy Chief Edward Prescott, the fire started in the garbage truck's cab and then spread to the contents of the garbage container.

The front-loading garbage truck was in the middle of Connecticut Avenue when the fire started, according to the report. When firefighters arrived on scene, the cab of the truck was already well involved and rapidly spreading to the container, according to the report.

A second engine was called in to assist with extra water to extinguish the deep seated fire in the bottom of the container.

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While the truck was on fire, it was towed by Natâs Towing to the Can Man Carting Facility on Meadow Street. A fire engine and police car escorted the truck as it was towed, according to the report.

Once there, fire crews continued to extinguish the deep seated fire in the garbage container. The container would have normally be dumped out in a vacant lot and extinguished, but the trucks electrical and hydraulic systems had been compromised by the fire, according to the report.

Connecticut Avenue was reportedly closed for just under an hour while crews worked on the fire. Southbound traffic was diverted by Norwalk Police at the I-95 entrance ramp and northbound traffic was diverted at Scribner Avenue, according to the report.

The Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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