Fire Destroys Several Garbage Trucks In Haltom City

Haltom City Trash Truck Fire
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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

HALTOM CITY (1080 KRLD) - A fire at a compressed natural gas terminal destroyed 11 garbage trucks Tuesday night in Haltom City.

The fire department received calls about a series of explosions at the terminal on Old Denton Road about 9:15.

Haltom City Fire Rescue says the fire appears to have started inside the trash one truck was carrying.

"Trash truck fires aren't that uncommon," says Deputy Fire Chief Fred Knapp. "Usually, somebody will have something in the trash that gets dumped in the truck and catches fire."

Knapp says the fire spread quickly as trucks' gas tanks exploded.

"What makes this unique is the closeness of the trucks that were parked," Knapp says. "If one catches on fire, it's going to catch the next one on fire."

When Haltom City called a second alarm, crews from Fort Worth, Grapevine, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga responded. Knapp says 11 garbage trucks were destroyed.

"All of the explosions were coming from the vehicles," he says. "Most of them are going to be total losses. There was lots of fire."

​No one was hurt. Knapp says investigators are looking at surveillance video to find out which truck the fire started in.

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