Bay County Fire Truck Catches Fire

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BAY COUNTY -- Local authorities are mopping up after a fire truck fire in Northern Bay County. It happened a little before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of County Road 2301 and Penny Road in Bayou George.

The driver was returning to the station after responding to a nearby woods fire when he noticed smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle.

He immediately pulled over and began removing air tanks and other combustible equipment, then used the extinguishers to fight the flames, but they weren't enough. Other nearby trucks responded and put out the fire.

Chief Mark Bowen said, "Looking at where the bulk of the fire load was, it's obviously something to do with the rear axle or possibly they brakes of the truck. None of the fuel compartments on the small engines that we carry in the truck are damaged. Obviously the Fire Marshal will have the final decision."

Bowen estimates the damages between $200,000 - $300,000.
The state Fire Marshal's office is investigating to determine the exact cause of the fire. The driver was the only person on-board and fortunately was not hurt.