Firefighters respond to two car fires in one hour in Frisco |

Firefighters respond to two car fires in one hour in Frisco

FRISCO – Lake Dillon Fire Rescue teams responded to two vehicle fires within the space of an hour Wednesday.

The first occurred at about 9 a.m., when the engine of a Chevy Corsica, driven by a man from Wisconsin, caught fire at the Frisco Diamond Shamrock station at Summit Boulevard and Lusher Court.

According to fire department Capt. Kelly Wagner, the man was moving to the area and his car was full of personal belongings, none of which caught fire. The car, however, was destroyed.

A bystander grabbed a fire extinguisher from the gas station and knocked down the flames. Firefighters who arrived on scene shortly thereafter then put out the fire.

Firefighters went from that fire to the report of a Waste Management trash truck, whose contents were afire, at the corner of Third and Granite streets in Frisco.

Initial investigations indicate that the fire might have started when newspapers came in contact with an overhead exhaust pipe while the driver was compacting the trash.

“That’s a pretty rare occurrence,” Wagner said. “It was kind of a freak thing that paper flew in, flew back and caught a portion of the garbage in the load on fire.”

Their only option to extinguish the fire was to dump the contents onto the side of Granite Street, sift through the trash and put out the fire. The trash collection company will keep that vehicle in its yard to let it cool off for a couple of days, Wagner said. Waste Management employees summoned to the scene fought high, erratic winds to collect the trash.

“They did an awesome job,” he said of the cleanup efforts. “There was a lot of trash.”

Initial investigations indicate the only damage to the truck might be a melted compactor hose.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or

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