Broken transmission line ignites short-lived truck fire on Bluff Street

ST. GEORGE – A reported Dixie Waste truck fire on Bluff Street was quickly doused by extinguishers before fire units arrived at the scene early Monday afternoon. With no fire to combat, fire crews quickly turned their attention to the fluid spill that made its way in into a nearby drainage ditch.

“That was our main concern once the fire has been taken care of,” St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said.

What the fire crews found was a large amount of transmission fluid that had escaped a transmission line that had broken around the area of 500 N. Bluff Street while the truck was southbound. The break left a streak of fluid behind it that had ignited, but was quickly put out once the truck pulled over just beyond the Bluff Street-St. George Boulevard intersection.

Oil mats were able to soak up must of the oil while fire crews created a series of dams along the drainage ditch to catch the oil as best they could. Additional oil mats were used to get the fluid out of the dammed water.

“At this time we have the city storm drain staff out to take a look at it,” Stoker said.

No injuries resulted from the incident. The southbound outside lane of Bluff Street south of the St. George Boulevard intersection was blocked off as responders dealt with the scene.

St. George Police, St. George Fire, and the Utah Department of Transportation responded to the incident.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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