Email List

To join our e-mail list, please enter your e-mail address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Shows

Sections

Classifieds

Directories

Contact

A Santa Monica resident snapped this photo of the garbage truck on fire on Tuesday.
Photo by Tom Piccirillo
A Santa Monica resident snapped this photo of the garbage truck on fire on Tuesday.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Garbage Truck Catches Fire

Posted May. 29, 2014, 8:13 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica firefighters responded to a garbage truck on fire on Tuesday, but it was quickly extinguished with no injuries.

Santa Monica Fire Department spokeswoman Suzanne Post said Engine 3 responded to the area of 20th Street and Delaware Avenue at 12:38 pm under the command of Captain Matthew Hill.

“The Resource Recovery & Recycling occupants (driver etc.) of the truck noticed the load in the rear of truck was smoldering,” she said. “Once they dumped it out it spontaneously combusted due to increased oxygen that caused it to flame up.”

Post said the smoldering was from natural causes.

“Sometimes the load can get hot and smolder like this, however it is infrequent,” she said.

Post a comment

Comments

May. 29, 2014, 5:37:04 pm

Nimby said...

Trash trucks cause too much noise, pollution and safety hazards. Just look at this mess! I demand the city close down the trash trucks and force everyone in Santa Monica to be 100% sustainable and waste free. Think of the children!

SM Mirror TV