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Garbage Truck Blaze

(La Porte County, IN) - A New Buffalo area garbage hauling firm is again the victim of fire, but the damage was on a much smaller scale this time.


A garbage truck owned by Lakeshore Recycling & Disposal suffered significant fire damage on September 22nd in Hesston.


The driver, Joshua Workman, told LaPorte County Police he was traveling County Road 200 East when he began seeing smoke and flames in his rearview mirror. The fire was in the back end of the truck where the garbage was stored.


According to police, the 22-year old Workman stopped at Heston Supper Club and grabbed a fire extinguisher from inside the truck's cab. He also used a fire extinguisher from the restaurant but was not able to put out the flames.


Workman told investigators he was not sure what could have caused the fire.


The fire was put out by members of the Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department from Rolling Prairie.


In December of 2019, a 4,800 square foot maintenance building and everything inside at Lakeshore Recycling & Disposal on U.S 12 was destroyed by fire. That fire produced numerous explosions from containers of petroleum-based products.


There were no injuries in either fire.

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