Arriving on scene I did a safety size-up. Besides the obvious - truck on fire, I noted the following:
- Fire in the vehicle was at least an hour old given the amount of the truck burned.
- Power lines above the truck were probably still hot and possibly compromised due exposure to the heat. Possibility of tensile failure and charged lines falling.
- Not enough moisture in the smoke coming from the truck to pose a real problem of arching from the lines.
- Truck's diesel tank compromised and leaking, will need hazmat containment and recovery.
- Exposure - 2nd truck taking heat damage from fire, possibly compromise of mechanical systems.
Once I found a safe place to park my command vehicle I established contact with the mine employee who reported the fire upon coming to work. He provided some additional details.
Just a few minutes after my arrival WA DNR Highlands Engine 122 was the next resource on scene. Engine Leader set up a class A foam system in an 1.5 inch hoseline. Immediately afterwards Curlew engine 80 arrived on scene. The assistant Fire Chief was decked out in bunker gear and after a briefing noting the above hazards and a plan of attack, took the position of nozzle man. Other firefighters arrived and supported the effort. A mine employee started a 3,000 gallon tender and supplied water to the pumper truck
Using the heavy equipment on scene and absorbent pads the mine in coordination with the fire department established a hazmat response and contained the diesel leaking from the burning truck.
It was later determined that the truck that burned had been having electrical shorting problems. It is suspected that an electrical shortage in the truck systems started a fire which later consumed the vehicle in the early morning hours.
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