Tanks go airborne during north side trash truck fire

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Firefighters had to dodge flying debris Tuesday morning when they responded to a trash truck fire at 86th Street and Westfield Boulevard.

When the trash truck caught fire, officials say so did five gas cylinders it was carrying.

As firefighters worked to put out the fire in the trash truck, that’s when they say the explosions sent metal flying through the air.

Fire crews say one tank traveled as far as 50 feet from the truck.  Another cylinder landed in the front yard of Northview Middle School.

Provided Photo/IFD
Provided Photo/IFD

Three businesses and a parked van were damaged when the metal pierced windows and dented buildings.

One firefighter was hurt when he was hit by some of the debris.

Provided Photo/IFD
Provided Photo/IFD

Officials say normally during a trash fire, the truck operator will dump the load, but the driver could not do that since there were power lines in the area.

The five cylinder tanks that exploded sit at the top of the trash truck and serve as its fuel source.

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