San José Firefighters Extinguish Stubborn Garbage Truck Blaze

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 1140 hours, units of the San José Fire Department responded to reports of a garbage truck fire in the 100 block of Martinvale Lane.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing from the truck's hopper with flames impinging on roof mounted tanks containing compressed natural gas (CNG). At least one of the tanks had already vented creating a large gas-fed flame. Additional tanks subsequently vented as crews deployed hand lines and a portable monitor.

The operator of the garbage truck was unable to discharge the load due to a hydraulic failure. Firefighters were forced to cut away a small section of the truck's body to apply water and foam to the burning contents of the truck.

Crews were successful in containing the blaze to the vehicle after an extended fire suppression operation.

Assignment:

Battalion 13, Battalion 1, Engine 27, Engine 627, Engine 18, Engine 12, Truck 35, Truck 13, Squad 26, HIT 29, Med 30

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