Snow plow fire sparks government investigation

The Department of Transportation is investigating how one of its snow plow trucks was severely damaged in a Monday morning fire.

Snow removal machine caught on fire on Monday in Moncton

A snow plow was severely damaged in an early morning fire in Moncton, according to the provincial government. (Courtesy of the Department of Transportation)

The Department of Transportation is investigating how one of its snow plow trucks was severely damaged in a Monday morning fire.

The fire started at around 5 a.m. when the snow plow was clearing Route 2 near Mountain Road in Moncton.

Transportation Minister Claude Williams said in a statement no one was injured in the fire, but the machine, which is one of roughly 400 in the province's fleet, will have to be replaced.

The cost of a new plow truck is approximately $100,000, according to the department.

The department will be able to salvage the vehicle’s box and plow/wing assembly.

The provincial government is still investigating the cause of the fire.