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Halifax fire crew forced to put out fire — in their own truck

Photos show the damaged fire truck and the vehicle's engine after the truck caught fire.
Photos show the damaged fire truck and the vehicle's engine after the truck caught fire. Roy Holett

When a Halifax fire crew responded to a call Thursday morning, they were forced to deal with an unexpected issue — a fire in the engine compartment of their truck.

“Unbelievable – a fire truck actually caught on fire,” mused Deputy Fire Chief Roy Hollett in an interview with The Canadian Press.

“It’s like a police car getting broken into.”

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The crew was on its way to a call on West Porter’s Lake Road shortly after 9 a.m when their engine caught fire.

The crew were able to contain the blaze with a dry chemical extinguisher until another crew arrived to finally put the fire out.

READ MORE: Halifax Fire services respond to large blaze in Fall River, N.S.

No one was hurt, but the vehicle will be out of commission until it is repaired.

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“We’ve had two fire stations catch fire … but fire trucks catching fire, I don’t recall and I’ve been with Halifax fire almost 18 years,” Hollett said.

“There’s a degree of irony, yes. When I heard the call come in on the radio, and heard an engine fire, I figured it was a car fire. And when the dispatcher confirmed the address and said it was a fire truck on fire, I slowed down and turned the radio up and thought, OK, did I actually hear a fire truck on fire?”

Fire department officials say they’re looking into what might have caused the blaze. They expect to know by next week how much repairs might cost.

— With files from Rob Roberts, The Canadian Press