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'Bad luck' cause of truck fire near Farmington

A semi carrying sand caught fire on the Alaska Highway near Farmington on Tuesday, delaying traffic for around an hour.
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A truck caught fire on the Alaska Highway near Farmington on Tuesday afternoon.

A semi carrying sand caught fire on the Alaska Highway near Farmington on Tuesday, delaying traffic for around an hour.

According to Darren Anderson, a provincial vehicle inspector, the cab of the truck caught fire after an oil container stored beneath the sleeper section of the truck came into contact with a heat source, possibly a light.

Crews from the Dawson Creek RCMP, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Inspection and the Wildfire Management Branch were on the scene Tuesday afternoon. Traffic was briefly reduced to single-lane alternating.

One firefighter at the scene, who arrived by helicopter, chalked the incident up to "bad luck."

Witnesses said the truck was carrying sand. The truck carried a trailer belonging to Grande Prairie-based Sand Boys Trucking. When contacted, an employee said they were aware of the incident, but would not provide any more information.

Anderson said crews had tried using fire extinguishers, but to no avail. At around 4 p.m., a water truck had been called in by a nearby fire department.

Crews at the scene said no one was injured.

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