Newberry Twp.: Truck consumed in roadside fire

John Joyce
  • Newberry Township firefighters battled both a truck fire and the heat Sunday afternoon.

A truck broke down on the side of the road and then caught fire in Newberry Township on Sunday afternoon. The fire spread to small wooded area along the road.

No injuries were reported  when the truck burst into flames about 1:45 p.m. in the 100 block of Cartref Road. Newberry Township Fire Department  Assistant Chief Don Young said the truck was a total loss.

"It broke down, then it caught fire," he said.

Newberry Township firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire in the 100 block of Cartref Road on Sunday before the blaze fully spread to a wooded area along the road.The truck, however, was a total loss, officials said.

A wrecker came and loaded the truck on its flatbed, leaving behind a patch of blackened earth and scorched brush in the spot where the truck sat and burned.

Firefighters from Newberry Township shed their turnout gear and roll hoses after fighting a vehicle fire in the 90-degree heat Sunday.

Temperatures Sunday reached 90 degrees in some areas, an added threat to the firefighters who spent nearly two hours on the scene at Cartref Road.

"It's hot; the gear is heavy," Young said. "The guys sweat."

After clearing the scene of the vehicle fire, Young said, his crew was headed to a nearby hydrant to refill the tanker, then it was back to the station to pack hose and hydrate.

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