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Fire damages Kingsport garbage truck

April 21st, 2014 9:35 pm by Matthew Lane

Fire damages Kingsport garbage truck

A Kingsport firefirefighter works to extinguish a city garbage truck after it caught fire early Monday on Nottingham Court. Photo by David Grace.

KINGSPORT — You know your day's not looking too good when the first call you get in the morning is about a garbage truck on fire.

But that's exactly the call Kingsport Streets and Sanitation Manager Ronnie Hammonds got early Monday.

Hammonds said he got a call from one of his workers at about 8 a.m. Monday that one of the automated garbage collection trucks had caught fire.

"It started somewhere near the engine compartment. The driver tried to suppress the fire with an extinguisher, but it had little to no effect," Hammonds said. "The fire department responded in a timely manner and extinguished the blaze."

No one was hurt in the incident.

The truck was on a route collecting garbage on Nottingham Court in the Rotherwood Hills subdivision when the fire began.

"The engine just cut off and the driver looked back and saw what was going on and called 911," Hammonds said.

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