Second truck fire at Truro Power Centre within 24 hours

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MILLBROOK – RCMP officials said a transfer truck fire Thursday morning at the Truro Power Centre does not appear to be suspicious.

Sgt. Don Daigle of Millbrook RCMP said the out-of-town driver had filled his fuel tanks at the Irving Big Stop in Truro Heights, took Exit 13 to Highway 102 southbound and was driving toward the Truro Power Centre when he was alarmed by a suspicious smell in the cab.

“He started smelling something that didn’t smell right,” said Daigle.

“He decided he was going to get off the road safely away from

traffic.”

The driver pulled off the highway and parked the truck in the Cineplex parking lot, which was vacant at the time of the fire, around 11:50 a.m.

“By the time he got out it was in flames,” said the officer. “The truck went up pretty quick.”

The driver was not injured during the blaze.

It was the second major truck fire Truro firefighters have been called to battle at the Truro Power Centre in less than 24 hours. Wednesday night a fuel truck parked on Highway 102 caught fire, prompting evacuation of businesses and residences within a half-kilometre radius.

The Newfoundland and Labrador registered, black Western Star truck carrying a load of frozen chicken was in flames when  Truro Fire Service arrived on scene.

“When we first pulled in, we had a fully involved fire in the cab of an 18-wheeler,” said fire chief Blois Currie.

The chief said the two full fuel tanks on the truck were cause for concern during the blaze that was extinguished within minutes of their arrival.

RCMP blocked roads surrounding the fire scene and warned people in the area about the possibility of toxic fumes from the burning vehicle.

The entire cab, sleeper and refer unit on the front of the trailer were gutted by the fire.

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  • Byron M.
    January 18, 2014 - 13:40

    Just a thought: Has anyone thought to check the diesel fuel tanks at the Irving Big Stop in Truro Heights? Maybe there is gasoline in the diesel fuel tank. Diesel fuel is not that combustible.