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Officials determine cause of Smith County garbage truck fire

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Two garbage trucks burned Sunday near Chapel Hill in Smith County Two garbage trucks burned Sunday near Chapel Hill in Smith County
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Authorities have determined the cause of a fire that burned two garbage trucks Sunday in Smith County.

According to Smith County Assistant Fire Marshal Connie Wasson, the fire was caused by a mechanical malfunction in one of the garbage truck's engines. The malfunction occurred around the truck's starter and solenoid.

The garbage truck that the blaze stated in did not have trash in it at the time, but a truck parked close by did. That truck and the trash in it caught fire as well. This combination of factors kept the fire going for hours.

Crews from Arp, Chapel Hill, and Whitehouse Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene at 3:45 p.m. The fire was finally under control around 6 p.m. The blaze broke out on Farm to Market 848 near County Road 2262, just outside of Chapel Hill.
Investigators said this fire was especially difficult to fight because firefighter were unable to get complete access to the back of the garbage truck where the trash was burning. Officials said Friday's heavy rain helped keep the fire contained.

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