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04/26/07

Trash Truck Fire Out Safely

An early morning fire on I-16 slowed the drive to work and school for some commuters. A trash truck heading west on I-16 dumped it's load after the driver discovered the trash was on fire. Workers emptied the garbage into the emergency lane between Dean Forest Road and I-95 around 3:45am. Police called Pooler and Garden City firefighters to put the fire out. While weather conditions are still very dry, firefighters say the truck driver did the right thing.

"It would be different if it were a roll-off container where the fire is contained," explained Pooler Fire Captain Mike Patton. "We probably could have taken the whole container off the back of the truck and left it there and suppressed the fire there, but dumping the garbage onto the side of the road, we were able to save the whole vehicle itself."

Patton said the fire could have also created an explosion if it came in contact with the fuel supply.

Once the fire was out, crews were able to pick up the garbage by about 7am.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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