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Fire in a garbage truck in Morro Bay forces driver to dump flam­ing trash in the street. No one was in­jured.

A fire erupted in a garbage truck in Morro Bay on Tues­day af­ter­noon, pos­si­bly from a spent propane can­is­ter dis­posed of in waste picked up by the truck, ac­cord­ing to the Morro Bay Fire Depart­ment.

And while the blaze made for a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of burn­ing refuse at the in­ter­sec­tion of Tahiti Street and Tide Av­enue, no one was in­jured and the depart­ment was able to con­tain the fire with­out any prop­erty dam­age, said Scott Subler, a Fire Depart­ment en­gi­neer.

“It’s un­de­ter­mined ex­actly what the cause is,” Subler said. “There was a spent propane can­is­ter within the burned refuse. That’s a good re­minder for peo­ple not to throw away things that might ig­nite.”

The in­ci­dent was re­ported be­fore 2 p.m. Tues­day af­ter­noon and the depart­ment took a cou­ple of hours to ex­tin­guish the fire and pick up de­bris from the street.

Twit­ter im­ages shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent showed a large pile of trash dumped in the mid­dle of the res­i­den­tial street with smol­der­ing smoke waft­ing in the air.

The street was tem­po­rar­ily closed to traf­fic un­til the scene was cleared.

“The garbage truck driver did the right thing,” Subler said. “He was pick­ing up res­i­den­tial garbage. (Garbage truck driv­ers are) trained to dump the refuse on the ground in the case of a fire, and he did just that. He did the right thing.”


Fire­fight­ers hose down smok­ing trash af­ter trash in a garbage truck caught fire Tues­day in Morro Bay. The driver dumped the trash on the street ac­cord­ing to safety pro­to­cols, and no­body was hurt.

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