A fire in a truck that was carrying mulch delivered to the site of a major fire in south Minneapolis turned into a nightmare for firefighters.NBC 5’s Melissa Martinez reports from Minneapolis.
(Published Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2019)The fire at a commercial mulch factory in Minneapolis hit just before 9 a.m.
Wednesday, destroying a truck with a load of mulch.
Firefighters had been called to the fire, which is just north of the Twin Cities Twin Cities Metropolitan Airport, after it erupted.
The fire spread quickly and caused extensive damage to the building.
“I was on the phone with the operator who was there to try to get him to move the truck,” firefighter Brian O’Keefe said.
“I was told that the fire was coming from the roof of the truck and that’s why he couldn’t move it.”
The fire was eventually contained, but the roof remained damaged and firefighters struggled to contain it.
The truck had a roof, and that was one of the things that kept us in there for hours,” O’keefe said.
Fire crews worked to make repairs to the roof as it remained smoldering.
The roof was completely damaged, but firefighters were able to make the repairs.
The roof remained smouldering as firefighters worked to extinguish it.”
They had nothing but the utmost respect for the fire.””
The firefighters are all extremely well trained.
They had nothing but the utmost respect for the fire.”
Firefighters say the fire spread rapidly in less than three hours and had destroyed at least $30,000 worth of the mulch and materials.
The fire has been contained, and crews are back on the ground repairing the roof.
No injuries were reported, and there is no word on the status of the roof or any other buildings that were damaged.
The Duluth-based company that built the truck said in a statement that the truck is on a maintenance run, but they will be replacing the roof in the next 24 hours.