Fayette County

Lexington garbage truck catches fire; driver unhurt

A Lexington firefighter hosed down the engine compartment of a city-owned garbage truck after the engine caught fire on Winchester Road Monday afternoon. The truck's driver was not injured, and the fire did not spread into the trash compartment, which was full of refuse that could have made the fire harder to control, firefighters said. Photo by Josh Kegley.
A Lexington firefighter hosed down the engine compartment of a city-owned garbage truck after the engine caught fire on Winchester Road Monday afternoon. The truck's driver was not injured, and the fire did not spread into the trash compartment, which was full of refuse that could have made the fire harder to control, firefighters said. Photo by Josh Kegley.

The driver of a city-owned garbage truck escaped injury when the truck caught fire Monday on Winchester Road.

A police officer noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment and pulled the truck over about 1:30 p.m., Lexington Fire Department Capt. Todd Reece said. The truck's driver pulled into a shopping center near Winchester Road and Eastland Parkway.

The man had not noticed the smoke because the engine compartment on the city's garbage trucks are behind the cab where the driver sits, Reece said. About the time the driver pulled over and got out, "the fire burned through the hydraulic line, so the hydraulic fluid started burning," sending flames high into the air.

Firefighters extinguished the fire before it got into the trash compartment, which was full of refuse and could have made the fire harder to control, he said.

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