Firefighters put out blazing trucks at waste facility

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 4, 2016


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At around 9:15 p.m. on April 24, the Clinton Township Fire Department was called to deal with fires at a Waste Management facility located near 14 Mile Road and Lipke Street.

Deputy Fire Chief Randy Kandt said he and others arrived to find four or five trucks in flames. Firefighters came in through the gated entrance and threw water on the flames to quickly relieve the situation. 

He said the main body of the vehicles took about 20 minutes to extinguish. The firefighters then spent a couple of hours cleaning up debris.

Fires were located underneath the vehicles as well.

“Once the tires get burning it takes quite a bit of water to put them out,” Kandt said.

It’s unclear who called regarding the situation. The township Fire Department responds to calls made by Macomb County dispatch.

Kandt suggested it may have been a driving passerby on Interstate 94, which runs parallel to the location. Flames would have been visible to those on the highway, he said.

All the trucks were empty at the time and contained no garbage. Kandt said they were last used on the afternoon of the day before the incident.

The trucks are completely damaged and cannot be used any longer. The cause is unknown and is currently under investigation.