2016-08-19 / Front Page

Truck burns on loading dock


By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer


Fire completely destroyed the tractor, tore through the trailer and was starting to spread into the massive warehouse before it was brought under control. 
(Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) Fire completely destroyed the tractor, tore through the trailer and was starting to spread into the massive warehouse before it was brought under control. (Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) Thick black smoke rose high above Gaffney on Thursday after a tractor trailer parked at the loading dock of a local warehouse burst into flames.

Gaffney firefighters were called to the former Millard Refrigerated Services facility in the 800 block of Hamrick Street shortly after 1:30 p.m. regarding a vehicle fire threatening a structure and were subsequently notified of a burn injury as well.

Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano said an evacuation was in progress at the refrigerated warehouse, which reportedly is now owned by Nestle, when firefighters arrived. Fire completely destroyed the tractor, tore through the trailer and was starting to spread into the massive warehouse before it was brought under control.

Luckily, Caggiano said damage to the building was minor.

The truck driver who was injured was taken by Upstate Carolina EMS to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment. His name and condition were not immediately available Thursday afternoon.

Caggiano said it wasn’t immediately clear if the fire began in the tractor or in the refrigerated trailer and said firefighters were hoping to talk with the driver at a later time. The trailer reportedly was empty.

The tractor-trailer was moving products from the Nestle plant on Old Georgia Highway to the warehouse when the fire occurred, Caggiano said.

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