Members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue squad were on hand this past Thursday, July 6th, to help extinguish a fire that began to consume a recycling truck working within the city of Vienna. According to initial reports from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, it was just after 1:00 in the afternoon when fire squad members from Dunn Loring, Tysons Corner, and Vienna were called to respond to an incident believe to have taken place around the 800 block of Maple Avenue East.
The 9-1-1 call indicated that the fire in question was in the process of consuming a large recycling truck working for the city of Vienna. The call was made by the driver of the truck and this person told the dispatcher that they were noticing smoke as well as fire emerging from the top of the vehicle.
When emergency response teams reached the area, they knew that they needed to act as quickly as possible to prevent the truck from going up in flames. Due to the contents of the recycling truck, it was believed highly likely that much of what the truck was hauling at the time was flammable as well as potentially toxic. Adding to the difficulties faced by the first responders was the fact that the temperatures inside of Fairfax County had been extremely hot for the past few days, and the humidity in the area was likewise so bad as to be nearly unbearable.
Despite these handicaps, the first responders did their work valiantly, and it was not too long before the flames were extinguished. While it is not known if the truck itself was able to be saved, the report did indicate that the driver of the vehicle is not believed to have suffered from any injuries.
It is possible that the truck's driver experienced excessive smoke inhalation, but nothing within the initial news item on the incident suggested that this was the case. Still, injuries sustained in incident like car accidents often take several days or weeks to become apparent, meaning that those injured are often left wondering just what happened.
No news is currently available regarding just what is believed to be the cause of the blaze.