Garbage truck fire brings rapid response Tuesday in Adel

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A fire broke out in an Ankeny Sanitation garbage truck near the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel Tuesday afternoon.

ADEL, Iowa — A fire broke out in an Ankeny Sanitation garbage truck near the Dallas County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred about 1 p.m. in the 900 block of Court Street.

The truck driver jettisoned the load of garbage in the parking lot of the World Liquor & Tobacco + Vapors at 918 Court St., the former site of the U.S. Post Office and more recently the county’s motor vehicle registration offices, where firefighters promptly doused the dump.

A retired sanitation worker who happened to be on the scene of the blaze said fires in garbage trucks are “not uncommon,” and the trucks “are designed to contain this usually.”

The Adel Police Department, Adel Volunteer Fire Department and Dallas County Sheriff’s office responded.

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