Amherst fire destroys pickup truck and 3 transport truck trailers

An evening cleaning trailers in a parking lot in Amherst, N.S., quickly turned dangerous after a trailer containing a pressure washer burst into flames and burned through three other trailers and a pickup truck before it could be put out.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation

The fire moved so quickly there was little time for the people on site to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, said a news release from the town of Amherst. (Submitted by the Town of Amherst)

An evening cleaning trailers in a parking lot in Amherst, N.S., quickly turned dangerous after a trailer containing a pressure washer burst into flames and burned through three other transport truck trailers and a pickup truck before it could be put out.

It all started Monday evening around 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Gordon Food Service at 38 Industrial Park Dr. according to a news release sent out by the town. 

No one was injured in the blaze. 

By the time firefighters arrived, three of the trailers were already burning out of control.  

"All three were fully involved.They all had flames coming out of various spots within the trailers," said Amherst fire chief Greg Jones.  

It took firefighters about an hour to put out the trailer fire. (Submitted by the Town Amherst)

A contractor hired by Gordon Food Service to clean the trailers was inside one when a small trailer containing the pressure washer he was using caught fire. A truck driver saw the flames and told the cleaner to get out. 

The fire quickly spread to three 16-metre-long trailers and a pickup truck towing the trailer with the pressure washer, all of which were destroyed.

Three other transport truck trailers were also damaged in the fire. 

"The biggest issue was the close proximity of the trailers. It's not uncommon in a yard where there would be numerous trailers that are being stored just prior to being used, for them to be parked that close. And the proximity of the trailers,  unfortunately, gave opportunity to the fire to quickly jump from one to another," said Jones.  

But Jones said the damage could have been a lot worse had workers with Gordon Foods not moved some of the other trailers out of the area before they could catch fire.  

The pickup truck towing the trailer with the pressure washer was also destroyed in the fire. (Submitted by the Town of Amherst)

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation. 

It took 46 firefighters around 20 minutes to put out the blaze.