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Dump truck catches fire on Phelan Road Saturday morning



Dump truck catches fire on Phelan Road Saturday morning. (Gabriel D. Espinoza)

OAK HILLS, Calif. ( — An Athens Disposal truck caught fire on Phelan Road near Baldy Mesa Road in the unincorporated area of Oak Hills.

It happened at about 10:21 a.m. on Saturday, July 7th, 2018, the driver said he was driving household trash to a Victorville landfill when a passerby pointed out the fire.

The truck driver immediately pulled over, called 911 and detached the trailer. Within minutes firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department and CalFire responded.

Firefighters determined the best way to battle the fire was to hook the trailer back up and empty the contents of the fully loaded trailer onto the ground. The fire was knocked out moments later.

The driver told Victor Valley News the trash was picked up from a disposal transfer facility in Phelan and he was unclear what started the fire. “Sometimes people will throw away charcoal from a barbecue pit not realizing that it’s still hot hours later, we’ve seen that happen before, but I don’t know what caused this one.”

The burnt trash will be loaded onto a new disposal truck to be hauled away to the Victorville landfill.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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