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Firefighters battle two vehicle-related fires on Aiken County roads

August 2, 2018

Fire crews have been busy today after two separate fires broke out on the roadways in Aiken County, one on a tractor-trailer on I-20 and another on a garbage truck on Banks Mill Road.

Bacon burns on I-20

South Carolina Highway Patrol, along with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and several other fire crews, responded around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday to an incident on I-20 near mile markers 5 and 6 in North Augusta, where a tractor-trailer filled with bacon caught fire, said Lt. Tim Thornton with North Augusta Public Safety.

The driver of the tractor-trailer had been sitting in traffic caused by a separate accident near mile marker 13 earlier in the morning when he noticed the fire in the trailer, Thornton said.

The driver pulled over and attempted to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, but was unsuccessful and separated the tractor from the trailer, Thornton said.

Fire crews were able to get the fire under control, but the contents of the trailer were completely destroyed, police reported.

Aiken County firefighters and Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department crews helped to control the blaze. No one was injured in the incident.

Garbage truck on fire

Another fire was reported around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Aiken Public Safety fire crews were called to the 1500 block of Banks Mill Road in reference to a garbage truck on fire, said Lt. Karl Odenthal, with Aiken Public Safety.

The fire appears to have started in the engine compartment of the garbage truck, Odenthal said.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire and no one was injured.

Both fires are still under investigation.

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