Being in a burning truck

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  1. Old Deaf Roadie

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    I picked up an overtime shift assisting with trash collection across the tourist areas of our town on a slightly less busy 4th than normal. Everything was fine until the load caught fire & we had to dump it asap in the middle of the promenade. Fortunately, we caught the 2nd fire before it got pushed into the hold & caused bigger problems which would have resulted in dumping the load twice. FYI- It takes 3 men an hour to shovel a ton & a half of trash back into a truck. No injuries! 20200704_230950.jpg 20200704_230946.jpg
     
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    Yikes!
     
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    Glad you’re safe and no one was injured..

    Edited for grammatical errors.
     
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    Likewise, glad no injuries. Did they determine what started the fire? Fireworks or bbq coals likely.
     
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    You're.
     
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    Wow. That is a scary thing. Any idea what caused the fire?
    Glad there were no injuries and the truck seems fine

    I’ve been involved with one vehicular fire personally and the indirectly. It’s scary for sure
     
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    Wow!

    On a side note - @Old Deaf Roadie thank you for doing a thankless job.
     
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    Glad you're ok and it ended well.

    I once caught myself on fire....
     
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    That’s a hot mess.


    20+ years ago we did tile repair at a huge dairy in an area even I considered dangerous.

    They had an ongoing smoldering dumpster fire - for a week !

    Completely normal they said.

    Burning sour milk...not good.
     
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    That could've turned bad fast, with the stuff some people throw in the trash, that should go to a hazardous waste facility.
    Glad you're ok!
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Looks like a scene from a movie.
     
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    In 1991, there was a fire at a local storage facility. 10 million pounds of butter, etc. Melted butter running in the street.

    The area stank for months after. But the butter in the river bound up so much stuff that the lake was measurably cleaner for a couple years.
     
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    I dont think its very uncommon.
    I have seen smoldering trash truck fires a number of times, and it seems they often just continue the route and monitor the situation.
    There are products that can get hot and combust in storage when ventilation is removed, or combinations are mixed and/or compressed. Even without a spark or ignition source.
    I've seen a pile of shop rags begin smoldering all by themselves.

    Point being- it happens.
     
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    Could've been old NiMh batteries that went supercritical.

    Glad you had a happy ending!
     
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    A real dumpster fire!!!
     
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  17. Old Deaf Roadie

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    I hate being on fire. It happened often in my cigarette days.
     
  18. Old Deaf Roadie

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    An bad combination of inconsiderate tourists & fireworks...
     
  19. Old Deaf Roadie

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    It was fireworks. There was a second fire on the final run after we got rid of this load, but was caught before being compacted in the truck.
     
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    Pomade on the promenade!

    Eeeeewwwww!

    An old friend who it seems got his nose broken badly enough that his scent nerves were severed, used to drive trash trucks.
    Moved to So Cal and flipped one over, now disabled I believe.
    Tough job but somebody's gotta do it...

    Glad you got out OK, might have been a pretty awful end if it went Hollywood style and the doors were mysteriously stuck shut!
    Sorry, seen that on TV, yikes.
    There was of course the Ford Pinto, awful stuff.
     
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