Avedisian: Garbage trucks are same model as ones in previous Warwick fire

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — After five garbage trucks burned in Warwick on Monday, an investigation discovered that the trucks are the same make as the ones that perished in a fire two years ago.

Five trucks — worth a quarter of a million dollars each — caught fire on Monday, and now investigators are looking into the cause of the flames.

Monday’s fire, which started at the Department of Public Works yard on Sandy Lane, comes just two years after another garbage truck fire broke out in Warwick.

The cause of that fire was an electrical issue and Mayor Scott Avedisian says the same could be true for the recent fire, though it’s still too early to tell.

Eyewitness News learned that the trucks involved in both fires were purchased from the same company in 2006 — a company that is now bankrupt.

Avedisian says repairs over the last two years were done to try and fix any electrical issues, but because of Monday’s fire none of the trucks from the 2006 purchase remain.

City officials said trash pickup on Tuesday was completed without any issues.

The city is now faced with the task of either renting or buying new trucks.

Avedisian said the city will no longer buy the same type of truck as the ones that had the electrical issues.

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