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Fire crews who turned up to a ve­hi­cle fire were shocked to find six tonnes of rub­bish block­ing the road. A fire ap­pli­ance had been driv­ing be­hind a rub­bish truck in the Auck­land sub­urb of Mt Al­bert at 4.40am on Fri­day morn­ing when fire­fight­ers no­ticed it was on fire. The crew alerted the driver of the truck and got him to stop on the side of New North Rd be­fore they went to work to try and ex­tin­guish the blaze. It was then de­cided the best way to fight the fire and min­imise dam­age to the truck was to empty the six tonnes of trash onto the busy road. Once the blaze was out, a team of 10 work­ers ar­rived to start the gru­elling task of get­ting rid of the moun­tain of garbage which blocked two lanes. The crew man­aged to pick up the six tonnes of rub­bish by hand. It took three hours be­fore the scene was com­pletely cleared. It is un­known what caused the fire.

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