Garbage truck fire in Warwick may impact Tuesday pickup

Photo courtesy of Scott Halsband

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Officials in Warwick say a fire, which broke out Monday afternoon, involved several of the city’s garbage trucks.

According to fire officials, the first call came in around 4:15 p.m. Monday afternoon. The incident occurred in the Department of Public Works parking lot, located at 925 Sandy Lane.

The fire department says five trucks were damaged by flames — each one costing about a quarter of a million dollars.

The fire chief says it took crews about 45 minutes to put the flames out — he says if they had not worked as fast, another two trucks could have been damaged.

Investigators focused much of their attention on the middle truck after noticing that it seemed to suffer the most damage.

At this time the cause of the fire is unknown and it is unclear if there were any injuries.

Mayor Scott Avedisian said garbage pickup should take place on Tuesday as normal, but he is urging residents to be patient.

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