Truck is lost as its cargo catches fire

FRIDAY the 13th turned out to be a bad day for the driver of this truck who lost his load and vehicle to fire yesterday.

The truck was being driven along Garnant Street, Ridgelands, when the hay bales it was carrying caught fire.

The fire destroyed the truck and burnt out about four hectares of nearby grassland about 10.15am.

Firefighters were quickly on scene and had the blaze under control, but had to lop down a large tree which was burning and in danger of falling.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said it wasn’t known what caused the hay bales to catch fire. She said two urban and three rural units attended the fire. The bales of smouldering hay lay dotted along the road.

The burnt-out truck was in a nearby gulley.

The driver was not believed to have been injured and no structures were damaged by the fire.

Meanwhile, the Rockhampton region remains on high fire alert. On Monday, fire authorities extended Rockhampton’s fire ban until Monday.

A heat wave is expected to hit Central Queensland from Monday. (See story on Page 7.)



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