HAZLETON – Fire destroyed a pickup truck and damaged a train bay at a pet food manufacturing plant in the Humboldt Industrial Park on Monday morning.
Hazle Township fire Chief Scott Kostician said a pickup truck was trying to pull a train car in the train bay at Vita Line Products Inc., 1111 N. Park Drive, when it experienced a mechanical problem and caught fire.
Employees tried extinguishing the fire but were unsuccessful, he said.
Hazle Township was originally dispatched to the business about 9:30 a.m. for a vehicle fire several feet outside the building, but when firefighters arrived they found the vehicle inside a train bay near the shipping and receiving department, he said. Firefighters requested additional fire departments because the truck was in the building, he said.
Kostician said about 30 firefighters, including 15 from Hazle and others from Harwood, Sugarloaf Township and Sheppton-Oneida, Schuylkill County, assisted. Sugarloaf fire, he said, was dispatched because one of Hazle’s engines is out of service.
No injuries were reported.
The truck was destroyed and the train bay of the building sustained some smoke, fire, water and heat damage, Kostician said. He said the business was planning to sanitize the area.
State police at Hazleton and American Patient Transport Systems Inc. also responded. Police, he said, were requested to the scene by firefighters following protocol of vehicles that are in motion when involved in fire.