Truck fire at Caltex Bombay dampened down by fire fighters, New Zealand
Large plumes of grey smoke could be seen in the sky after a truck caught on fire at Caltex Bombay petrol station on Thursday, 18 April 2019. Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager, Colin Underdown, said one large truck and trailer with cardboard was on fire and another truck next to it looked like it was also on fire or steaming. Four crews were sent to the scene at 10h23 as well as two tankers, helping to fight the flames, Underdown said.
An overhaul was taking place and crews had requested another pump to the scene, he said. Fire fighters remained at the scene of a truck fire in south Auckland, dampening down any hot spots.
At 14h00, Underdown said three fire trucks and a tanker remained at the scene. The fire had been put out but they were continuing to dampen down any hot spots.
Emergency services received more than a dozen calls as the fire could be seen from the motorway. A police spokesman said officers were at the scene assisting with traffic management but no roads were closed.
Matt Tunzelmann said he noticed the cloud of smoke while he was smoking some fish. "I saw the fire reaching around the front of the cab, then watched it reach the whole truck and trailer from there," Tunzelmann said. He said it had been on fire for close to an hour and was still smouldering. It was fully ablaze before fire trucks arrived, he added.
Leon Kang was driving when he saw a huge cloud of black smoke rising from the Caltex station. "I quickly started to take some photos and then streamed in on Facebook live." Kang said he asked the driver of the truck what had happened and he said there was a small fire underneath the truck near the engine. "He ran out to the gas station and left all of his belongings in the truck, even his cellphone. "Now sadly everything in the truck is completely burned down into ashes."
A Caltex spokeswoman said it did not know what caused the fire. "Service station staff as well as customers called the fire service as soon as they noticed the fire," the spokeswoman said. The truck stop and service station parts was closed as a precaution, she said.