Branson Fire Officials are warning residents to be cautious of what they throw away after a series of Commercial Trash Truck fires.
The latest happened this morning when the driver had just emptied the dumpster at the new Visitor Center on 76 at Michel Lane and noticed smoke coming from the compactor. He immediately dumped his load onto the parking lot and called the fire department.
The truck was about half full. That’s about 3 to 4 yards of tightly compacted trash. The driver’s actions kept the fire from damaging the truck valued at around $350,000.
Firefighters kept the flames knocked down until a Public Works back hoe arrived to break the trash pile apart. Firefighters then used foam to completely extinguish the fire. The exact cause of the fire is unknown.
This is the third fire for this company in the past few weeks, with one fire destroying a truck in another community.
Firefighters remind everyone to use caution when discarding items like cigarettes, ashes and other items that may smolder or spontaneously combust. This includes household chemicals as well.
The City of Branson offers recycling opportunities for paper, cardboard, tin and aluminum cans, plastic and glass. The recycle center is located on Compton Drive and is open from 7am-2pm, Monday through Saturday. Recyclable materials may be dropped off 24/7 in recycle trailers located at the Center and at the Methodist Church on West 76. Residents may also schedule a drop off time for household hazardous waste, chemicals and paint.