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Fire destroys garbage truck

Glenmorrie Drive was closed this morning after a fire destroyed a garbage truck.by: LAKE OSWEGO FIRE DEPARTMENT - Lake Oswego firefighters battle flames coming from an Allied Waste garbage truck Thursday morning.

An Allied Waste driver was working his route when he noticed flames shooting from the truck behind the cab. Moments after the driver set the brake and jumped out of the truck, a tire exploded from the heat. Flames then engulfed the entire cab, the Lake Oswego Fire Department reported.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, at 1677 Glenmorrie Drive, they issued a call for more equipment because the fire was so extensive.

It took about 20 minutes to extinguish.

The fire likely began because of a mechanical problem with the truck, according to the fire department. The truck, deemed a complete loss, had an estimated value of $200,000.

The fire department said Glenmorrie Drive would remain closed for at least several hours so crews could remove the truck and clean up the debris.