Toronto

Garbage truck's load catches fire, leading to big mess at Adelaide and Simcoe

Flames leapt from the top of a garbage truck in downtown Toronto this morning, forcing the vehicle's operator to dump the entire load onto a downtown roadway on Monday morning.

Flames nearly 3 metres high leapt from the truck

A Toronto garbage truck driver was forced to dump a load of flaming trash onto a downtown street on Monday morning. (Chris McGrath/Submitted)

Flames leapt from the top of a garbage truck in downtown Toronto this morning, forcing the vehicle's operator to dump the entire load onto a downtown roadway on Monday morning.

Toronto Fire quickly extinguished the flaming pile of trash shortly after 7:30 a.m. 

District Chief Stephan Powell said it didn't take long to put out the fire, but cleaning the debris took some time, and the major commuting corridor was closed for several hours as a result.

Toronto police say it doesn't appear that anyone was injured.

Chris McGrath was on his way to work when he saw the flaming truck and and a number of people waving at the driver to alert him to the fire. He captured the entire scene and posted a video on Reddit, which you can see by following this link.

Firefighters were on the scene quickly to put out this pile of flaming trash. (Chrisupra/Reddit)

He told CBC Toronto some of the flames were leaping nearly three metres out of the top of the truck. "You could really feel the heat off it," he said.

McGrath said the driver was able to stay calm and dumped the trash before it spread to other parts of the truck. 

"Quick thinking avoided what could have been a worse situation," he said.

It's unclear what caused the fire at this time. The garbage truck belongs to a private operator, and McGrath said he believed it had been picking up waste at the nearby Shangri-La Hotel shortly before the blaze.

An in case you're wondering what something like this smells like? You'll just have to guess, as McGrath said he only noticed the fire.

"I don't actually remember much of a smell, to be honest," he said.

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