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Longboat Key Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 8 months ago

Fire department responds to trash truck fire on Longboat Key

No one injured, and the cause of the fire is unknown.
by: Eric Garwood Managing Editor

Firefighters first had to find, then extinguish a fire in the back of a garbage truck Tuesday morning in the Bay Isles Road area of Longboat Key. 

No one was injured, and the incident was wrapped up in about an hour, said Tina Adams, a spokeswoman for the Longboat Key Fire Department. 

Firefighters used ladders to access the hopper of the Waste Management truck.

Longboat Police blocked a portion of Bay Isles Road, beginning around 8:30 a.m., while firefighters worked. Four fire units from both town fire stations responded, along with a battalion unit. 

Adams said someone called to report smoke coming from the hopper of a Waste Management truck behind the Shoppes at Bay Isles around 8:25 a.m. When firefighters arrived a short time later, the truck had already left but was quickly found in the parking lot between the municipal complex and the public library. 

Firefighters on ladders sprayed water into the truck's hopper. 

Fire department units cleared the scene around 9:34 a.m.



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