Load of garbage catches fire in Rumpke truck

Driver dumps load, escapes unharmed
Driver escapes actual garbage fire unharmed
Posted at 2:48 PM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 00:14:59-04

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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A load of garbage caught fire Monday afternoon while a Rumpke driver was headed back to the dump.

He was not injured.

Molly Yeager, Rumpke spokeswoman, said the driver pulled off the road after he noticed the load burning.

To stop the entire truck from being destroyed, Yeager said he dumped its contents along the ramp from westbound Interstate 275 to Hamilton Avenue.

Firefighters from Colerain and Springfield townships responded.

There was no immediate estimate on damages to the vehicle.

Yeager said fires have been a problem for Rumpke lately. A fire destroyed the company's recycling facility in 2012, and there was another at its new $32 million facility this month.

Monday's fire could have been sparked by anything from lithium ion batteries to a propane tank or pool chemicals, she said. The company sent out a notice last week reminding customers the company doesn't recycle batteries; instead, they should be recycled at participating retailers, including electronic and home improvement stores.