Garbage truck fire put out at Ocean Beach
San Francisco firefighters put out a fire inside a Recology garbage truck in an Ocean Beach parking lot in the Richmond District Monday.
San Francisco Fire Department Capt. Michael Castagnola said no one was injured in the incident. The fire appeared to have started inside a compartment of the truck used for collecting waste paper.
Thick white smoke billowed from the truck, parked near Balboa Street, and wafted across the Great Highway. Firefighters pulled some of the trash out of the truck, perhaps as much as might fit in half a dozen home garbage cans, but the fire continued to burn inside the truck’s cargo area.
“It’s been about 25 years” since the Fire Department last put out a burning garbage truck, to the best of his recollection, said Castagnola. He said the driver might have picked up something already burning or smoldering, but he didn’t know for certain.
The truck’s driver declined to answer questions, referring them to a Recology supervisor on the scene, who in turn declined to answer questions. The supervisor directed questions to a company public-relations representative.