Fault causes truck fire, crash

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

De­niliquin NSW Fire & Res­cue fire­fight­ers as­sisted with the re­moval of a small truck which crashed into a shed and caught fire at an Au­gus­tus St yard in De­niliquin on Mon­day morn­ing.

NSW Fire & Res­cue Cap­tain Martin Smith said the fire started in the ve­hi­cle’s starter mo­tor, due to an elec­tri­cal fault.

Even though un­oc­cu­pied, the fault and fire caused the truck to start on its own and drive for­ward, he said.

The ve­hi­cle stopped when it crashed into a rear shed.

Capt Smith said staff at the yard were able to stop the blaze us­ing a dry chem­i­cal ex­tin­guisher.

‘‘It was quickly ex­tin­guished, and when we ar­rived we in­spected the ve­hi­cle and dis­con­nected the bat­tery,’’ Capt Smith said.

‘‘We then as­sisted with the re­moval of the truck from the shed as it had crashed into the shed’s slid­ing doors, which were on top of the truck.

‘‘We left the truck in an area where it could be in­spected safely by an au­to­elec­tri­cian.’’


NSW Fire & Res­cue fire­fight­ers were called to what was re­ported to be a house fire in Ma­her St, De­niliquin on Mon­day evening.

On ar­rival, the nine fire­fight­ers found the fire was in a gazebo ad­join­ing the home.

Cap­tain Martin Smith said the home’s oc­cu­pants had ex­tin­guished the blaze with a gar­den hose and the help of an off-duty fire­fighter who lives nearby be­fore fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

Capt Smith said the fire only burned the shade cloth of the gazebo, with no dam­age to the home or the out­door struc­ture.

Fire­fight­ers re­ceived the call for as­sis­tance about 5.50pm.

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