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Town dump truck catches fire, driver unharmed

  • A one ton Leyden town plow truck burst into flames as it hauled a load of sand up Frizzell Hill Road Wednesday morning completely burning the cab. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • A one ton Leyden town plow truck burst into flames as it hauled a load of sand up Frizzell Hill Road Wednesday morning completely burning the cab. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • A one-ton Leyden town plow truck burst into flames as it hauled a load of sand up Frizzell Hill Road Wednesday morning, completely burning the cab. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Thursday, March 15, 2018

LEYDEN — A small town-owned dump truck caught fire on Frizzell Hill Road, destroying the truck, but injuring no one.

Tom Ashley, owner and farmer at Dancing Bear Farm on Frizzell Hill Road, was shoveling snow on his deck in the late morning on Wednesday and saw the truck coming up the hill with smoke coming from it. The truck traveled about 200 feet before stopping at the farm’s driveway.

“Just below our driveway, I saw a bunch of smoke coming out of it,” he said. “It looked to me like it had blown a (gasket) and was burning a bunch of oil.”

The driver was able to safely exit the truck and attempted to get the hood open. Ashley noticed that, at this point, the hood of the truck was on fire.

Ashley and the driver began throwing snow at the fire, trying to put it out.

“I’m surprised (the truck) didn’t explode,” Ashley said.

Soon, firefighters arrived and began to climb onto the truck with the water hose, attempting to knock down the fire. Ashley said he was impressed with how firefighters were dealing with a dangerous situation.

“My respect for them is greatly increased,” he said.

Firefighters from the Leyden and Bernardston departments responded.

As of around 11:30, the fire was knocked down but fire crews remained on scene to watch for flare-ups. The tow truck stood by to take away the truck once it was deemed safe.

The driver told Ashley that he heard a pop before the truck began smoking, but it is unclear what caused the fire.

No other information was available.