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Garbage Truck Catches Fire In Norwalk

A fire broke out in a garbage truck on Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk around 1:30 p.m., Friday. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
Norwalk firefighters battle flames inside a garbage truck. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department

NORWALK, Conn. — A garbage truck caught fire in the middle of Norwalk's Connecticut Avenue, closing the street for about an hour Friday afternoon.

When firefighters arrived after 1:30 p.m., the truck's cab was burning and flames were spreading to the garbage container, Deputy Chief Edward Prescott said.

Two engines responded to fight a "deep seated fire in the bottom of the container," Prescott said in a release.

A tow truck, escorted by a fire engine and a police car, brought the garbage truck to the Can Man Carting Facility on Meadow Street, where firefighters continued to fight the flames, Prescott said.

Typically, when garbage trucks catch fire, the burning load is dumped in a vacant lot and extinguished. But Friday's fire damaged the truck's electrical and hydraulic systems.

The fire is under investigation, Prescott said.

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