CNG Garbage Truck Fire Saint James Church Parking Lot Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights firefighters extinguish garbage truck fire, cool off Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tanks in Saint James Church parking lot. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Arlington Heights responded about 9:25 a.m. Friday, April 23, 2021 to a report of a garbage truck fire at the Saint James Church parking lot, 831 North Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters led out with a 2 1/2-inch line, and eventually used two hose lines on the fire — one line predominantly to keep the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tanks cool, and one line for the garbage load that was dumped onto the parking lot surface. Firefighters parked Fire Engine 2 a significant distance away from the garbage truck as a precaution in case the CNG vented and ignited.




After the fire was extinguished, the dump was transferred by a public works end loader to a large truck dumpster that Groot brought to the scene. Garbage service by Groot was not significantly delayed following the fire.

The cause of the fire was unknown. The garbage truck was in service for garbage pickup when the fire occurred.




Apparently an Arlington Heights resident improperly disposed a propane tank in their garbage. Propane tanks are not supposed to be discarded in garbage pickup or for recycling pickup. As a precaution, the propane tank was also cooled down with a water stream.

Dumping flaming garbage in the Saint James church parking lot on Friday, April 23, 2021
Dumping flaming garbage in the Saint James church parking lot on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Garbage truck fire at Saint James Church in Arlington Heights on Friday, April 23, 2021
Garbage truck fire at Saint James Church in Arlington Heights on Friday, April 23, 2021.

A recycling truck’s compressed natural gas from fuel tank(s) ignited along with the garbage truck and a house nearby in the neighborhood near Bells Mills Road and Cedar Road in Chesapeake, Virginia in July 2015. YouTube Tips ⓘ

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities or witness on the scene.

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