Rubbish truck catches fire

Dunedin firefighters were called to battle a blaze in a rubbish truck fire this morning.

Firefighters from Dunedin Central attended the blaze in the back of the Waste Management truck in Graham St about 10am.

Station officer Simon Smith said the driver noticed smoke coming from the body of the truck and attempted to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher before realising it was "a bit much'' and calling the Fire Service.

Firefighters had to cut holes in the truck to allow water into the main body. It was then towed to Waste Management's Wickliffe St yard where a crane was used to open the truck's body and allow firefighters to completely douse the blaze.

Inquiries into the cause of the blaze were ongoing, Mr Smith said.

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