Trash truck 'total loss' after fire in west Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. — Firefighters say a trash truck is a total loss after catching fire late Monday morning in west Wichita.

It happened at the Westlink Village Apartments in the 500 block of North Tyler. Shortly before noon, the driver of a Waste Connections truck noticed a lot of smoke coming from the rear of the truck. When firefighters arrived moments later, most of the truck was on fire.

Additional fire units were requested because the truck was very close to carports, and they didn't want it to spread to that structure or any other nearby buildings.

Crews used water and foam to extinguish most of the fire, but Battalion Chief Brad Boyd says firefighters will have to dump the trash from the truck to make sure everything has been extinguished.

The driver told fire crews that he had just put the contents of a dumpster into the truck and was about to go to the dump. Boyd said the source of the fire is unclear at this point, and that it could have been smoldering for some time before igniting.

Crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to any apartment property, but the truck is a total loss. No one was hurt.

Trash truck fire in west Wichita

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