LOGAN — Fire crews were called to extinguish a garbage fire Friday morning.
Logan City employee Joe Hansen was operating a garbage truck in the Cliffside neighborhood when he smelled smoke. He began driving back to the city landfill when he realized he wasn’t going to make it.
“I kept looking for a safe place to dump the garbage and couldn’t find anywhere,” said Hansen. “When I hit 600 West I knew I wouldn’t make it.”
Witnesses said flames could be seen coming from Hansen’s truck as he drove west on 200 North.
Hansen pulled his truck into the vacant lot at 950 West 200 North and emptied the garbage.
Fire crews responded to the fire to extinguish the flames. The garbage was then loaded into a bin and transported to the landfill.
Logan City Fire Marshal Craig Humphreys said garbage fires commonly occur a couple times a year and are usually caused when disposed items ignite when compacted.
Hansen was uninjured and damage was minimal to the truck.
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