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Garbage Truck Catches Fire in Byron

Posted at: 11/23/2012 5:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A few scary moments for a garbage truck driver in Byron this afternoon, after his truck caught on fire.

Firefighters tell us the driver quickly pulled off the road after he noticed smoke coming from the back of his truck. He then dumped out the trash while calling 911.

     "It was a very good decision," says Phil McPhee of the Byron Fire Department. "It saved his company an awful lot of money getting that trash out of there."

Firefighters sprayed down the garbage with water, they used a backhoe to sift through the debris to check for other hot spots. They're not sure what caused the fire, but say cooking oil may be a possibility.