For Augusta firefighters, one blaze was too close for comfort…
A large aerial ladder truck is in the shop after it caught fire last month responding to a call. A stuck fuel injector is to blame for causing diesel to leak onto hot engine parts and igniting the blaze.
There are only four of the big trucks to cover the city.
With this one in the shop, Fire Chief Chris James went out and spent $774,000 on a new one to make sure the city was covered.
“So, if any of my other aerials have to go in for maintenance, or they have a breakdown, I won't have an aerial to serve that area, so I felt we need to move quickly to get an aerial in here,” said Chief James.
James admits it's ironic to have a fire truck catch fire, but says with these types of trucks it happens.
No firefighters were injured putting it out.
James says two aerial trucks were in the pipeline to be ordered so the department is just getting one early.
The replacement truck is already in town, with Augusta Commissioners scheduled to discuss the emergency purchase on Monday.