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Garbage truck smolders

Posted: December 28, 2009 10:13 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2009 7:00 a.m.

Firefighters escorted a trash truck in Saugus to a Castaic landfill after its load started smoldering Monday afternoon, officials said.

The driver of a residential Waste Management truck called authorities after he noticed smoke coming out of his garbage load, said the Kit Cole, spokeswoman for the waste collection company.

Firefighters followed the driver as he took the truck to the Chiquita Canyon landfill, a safer area to unload the trash, Cole said.

The incident occurred just before 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Garzota and Las Mananitas drives, said Los Angeles County fire's Inspector Frederic Stowers.

Trash truck fires are more common around holidays and during the summer, Cole said.

Waste Management gets truck load fires at least once every three or four months, she added.

"It's because people have folks over," Cole said. "They have a lot of visitors and guests, or they're cleaning the house. ... People will put their pool chemicals or their cleaning chemicals into their trash bins."

Cole said those having barbecues also have a tendency to throw out their coals without first soaking them in water for 24 hours to prevent fires.

Waste Management officials did not yet know what caused the fire or whether the truck received damage, she added.


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