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Garbage truck explodes into flames in Lake Oswego

Garbage truck explodes into flames in Lake Oswego

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. - A driver escaped injury Thursday morning after the garbage truck he was driving exploded into flames, according to the Lake Oswego Fire Department.

The incident took place just before 9 a.m. on Glenmorrie Drive in Lake Oswego.

Deputy Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk with the LOFD said the explosion was "pretty spectacular" but so far, the exact cause is unknown. He said the cause is "most likely a mechanical problem with the truck."

The driver noticed flames coming from behind the cab and Zoutendijk said the driver set the brake and jumped out seconds before one of the tires exploded.  The driver was not hurt.

One firefighter was treated for "general illness" but was not injured while fighting the fire, according to Zoutendijk. He said the fire was under control in about 20 minutes.

Glenmorrie Drive was closed while the truck and debris were removed. Firefighters said the truck was a total loss and may cost as much as $200,000 to replace.

Video courtesy of the Lake Oswego Fire Department

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