Texas Fire Apparatus Burns Outside Station

Haltom City firefighters got quite a surprise when a passerby alerted them that a fire truck was burning outside their fire station on Sept. 6.

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The firefighters were undergoing training inside Station 3 when they were told that Quint 471 caught fire, according to KXAS-TV.

"A passerby came by and said there is a fire inside the fire truck and (the firefighters) came outside and sure enough they saw smoke coming out of the truck," Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Chief Fred Napp told the news station.

While he said the fire was contained to the cab of the rig, the damage had been done.

Investigators are currently working to find the cause of the fire and have ruled out foul play.

The apparatus cost the department around a half million dollars when it was purchased in 2000 and its trying to figure out whether it is more cost effective to fix the rig or buy a new one.

For the time being, Haltom City will rely on ladder trucks from surrounding cities to fill the void left by the loss of the truck.