Newberry Twp.: Truck consumed in roadside fire
- 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.
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.
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.