County Trash Truck Fire Under Investigation

January 18, 2012, 7:04 AM HST · Updated January 18, 7:05 AM
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Paia Fire Station, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A fire in a county trash truck on Tuesday is under investigation.

The incident was reported at around 2:45 p.m. on Umi Place off of Haiku Road.

Responding firefighters with Engine 2 from Paia arrived on scene to find the fire deeply seated in the compactor section of the truck.

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After trying unsuccessfully to extinguish the blaze from the top hatch, the trash was slowly dumped and the fire was extinguished from below.

The blaze was extinguished by 3:24 p.m. and crews from the county’s Public Works department were called in to clean up the roadway.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation.

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The 2008 Peterbilt Nellis trash truck suffered only minor cosmetic damage to its paint.

County supervisors from the Makawao Baseyard said there was no monetary dollar loss to the vehicle.

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