HENDERSON, Nev. (KSNV News3LV) — A Republic Services truck was forced to dump its contents after a fire was detected Tuesday morning in a Henderson neighborhood.
The Henderson Fire Department was called around 9:45 a.m. to tackle the fire near Somersworth and Shadow Canyon drives, according to spokeswoman Kathleen Richards.
The driver said the truck had a hot load and nowhere to dump it. Crews had the fire out before 10 a.m.
Republic Services of Southern Nevada released this statement:
"We prioritize safety above all else. In the rare event a fire occurs in one of our trucks while collecting or transporting material from customers, we have extensive safety guidelines in place to ensure the safety of our drivers and any surrounding vehicles and passengers sharing the road.
"Drivers follow a series of strict safety measures to ensure they locate an area to exit the vehicle safely and empty the contents from the truck. In collaboration with the local fire department, the contents are then spread out to minimize and eliminate the fire. Once secure, a clean-up crew is then dispatched to clean any remaining material from the ground. The truck is also inspected to assess any damage."
Republic Services accepts many different hazardous items found around the house that are not permitted to be disposed of in your regular garbage. Its regularly scheduled drop off days gives residential customers the opportunity to bring these items to a designated drop off location for proper disposal.