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Fire that destroyed DOT Foods truck cabs believed to have been accidental

May 10, 2010

WILLIAMSPORT -- A fire Saturday afternoon that destroyed three tractor-trailer cabs and damaged another at DOT Foods, 16301 Elliott Parkway, was under investigation, Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray said Monday.

Initial indications were that the fire was accidental, Mowbray said.

The fire was called in at 2:17 p.m. by an employee who spotted smoke coming from one of the cabs, Mowbray said in a news release. That employee and another attempted to control the fire with fire extinguishers, but the windy conditions helped spread the fire to other vehicles, Mowbray said.

Employees helped contain the fire by moving other tractor-trailer cabs away from the burning vehicles, Mowbray said. The damage to the cabs was estimated at $280,000, according to the release.

The fire is believed to have started in the engine compartment of one of the vehicles, the release said. About 20 firefighters from Williamsport, Halfway and Funkstown fire companies responded, along with the Special Operations Hazardous Materials Unit, the release said.

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It took firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control and there were no injuries, the release said.

Investigators and the insurance company for DOT Foods were looking into any mechanical issues and safety problems with the vehicle that might have caused the fire, Mowbray said.

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