The Town of Preble will have to scramble to purchase a new plow truck after the town’s primary truck caught fire and burnt up yesterday.
Around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon Preble Firefighters were called to East Hill Rd. for a report of a dump truck on fire.
Town Highway Superintendent Jeff Griswold said he was driving the 2008 truck loaded with stone for a road repair project. Griswold said the truck, which was recently repaired, began smoking and within minutes the cab was full of smoke and flames were beginning to lick at his feet.
Griswold said he parked the truck and jumped out shortly after the entire front end was engulfed in flames.
The truck is a total loss. A reliminary investigation suggests oil may have leaked onto the engine or exhaust and caught fire. Griswold says it will cost $150 thousand dollars to replace the truck. The town is is insured for the loss.
Griswold valued the old truck at $50 to $60 thousand dollars. He says the truck served as the town’s primary plow truck and he will need to move quickly to replace the truck ahead of the coming snow season. He was injured in the fire and did lose his wallet, which was left in the truck.