ST. GEORGE – Fire crews responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the parking lot of a physical rehabilitation center Thursday afternoon.
Around 2:30 p.m., a shredder truck, which picks up discarded documents from various establishments and shreds them, caught fire in the parking lot of Coral Desert Rehabilitation at 1490 Foremaster Drive. Two fire crews arrived on the scene and proceeded to put out the fire.
Panels on the side of the truck were opened to allow firefighter access to the fire in the shredder portion of the truck. However, a part of the fire had spread into back compartment of the truck where the shredded and other materials were kept. This forced the firefighters to go into the back of the truck and dig through a mass of shredded material until they reached the spot where the fire was burning, St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said.
The Fire was put out in short order and the shredder truck appeared to have sustained very little damage, Stoker said. Following the fire the truck’s operator tested the shredder for any signs of trouble and it appeared to operate normally.
While shredder truck fires are not overly common, Stoker said the city has seen a handful. The cause of the fire can be mechanical in nature, or a piece of material will get caught in the machine and ignite, he said.
No one was harmed during the incident and overall damage appeared to be minor.
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