Garbage truck catches fire in Cape Girardeau

Published: Jul. 18, 2021 at 4:20 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2021 at 10:26 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A garbage truck caught on fire in Cape Girardeau on Sunday.

It happened at 2070 Southern Expressway behind the Waste Connections building.

Two engine companies and a battalion chief were dispatched.

Crews arrived around 3:42 p.m.

According to firefighters, the engine compartment on the garbage truck was on fire and about 30 percent involved.

When crews arrived, they found that another vehicle was in danger of also catching fire. That vehicle reportedly had minor damage.

“The whole front of the truck was involved in fire,” Battalion Chief Brad Dillow said. “It took two engine companies to contain the fire.”

It appeared to be an electrical problem in the vehicle. There was no trash inside it at the time.

Crews had the fire contained in 10 to 15 minutes.

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