HALIFAX – No one was hurt after fire broke out inside the engine compartment of a Halifax Fire truck Thursday morning as its crew responded to a medical call on West Porters Lake Road.
Around 5 a.m., the crew responded to a call and noticed a strange noise coming from the engine that prompted the driver to pull over, but smoke quickly filled the cabin forcing everyone out.
Deputy Fire Chief Roy Hollett tells News 95.7 crews started to pull equipment off the truck while simultaneously trying to contain the fire with an extinguisher, before another truck responding to the same call stopped to assist.
“At the same time, the crews were still removing equipment off of that engine in the event that the fire did continue,” Hollett said. “Fortunately the fire was knocked down and extinguished.”
Hollett said that the fire was contained to the engine and the extent of the damage won’t be known until the department’s mechanical division has a look at the engine of the 2003 model fire truck.
“The engine looks bad, the rest of the truck seems to be okay.”
It’s still too early to determine a cause of the fire and a spare engine has been brought in to take the damaged one’s place.