|By Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press, Okla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Passersby reported seeing flames from the semi at about
"We don't know what caused it at this time; that's still under investigation. But it did start in the cab area," said Fire Chief
The truck's trailer was damaged, as was its tarping system. The tail end of a trailer parked in front of the Freightliner was also damaged. Both trucks and their attached trailers were packed with trash and sitting to the north of the new transfer facility.
The trucks are used to carry local trash from
"Until we get another truck, we just have one vehicle, so we could be running behind time," said Ford. "It will put a lot of pressure on our guys."
Ford began filling out insurance paperwork on Thursday; the truck has full coverage, he said.
He has also placed an item on Monday's city council agenda asking to purchase a new truck.
"There's one sitting in
Firefighters used Class A foam to knock down the blaze Wednesday evening. Hammons said foam increases the extinguishing power of water by 10 times, and is often used when firefighters face petroleum products.
"We just had the truck in the shop," said Ford. "It had finished its third round of hauling trash. We really don't know what started it yet."
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