Fire truck catches fire outside firehouse

The fire department is faced with repairing or replacing the 12-year-old truck

HALTOM CITY, Texas — An investigation has been launched into how a Haltom City Fire Department fire truck caught fire.

The truck caught fire Thursday while all firefighters were indoors training and were never interrupted by a call or incident, according to NBCDFW.

A passerby saw the fire truck smoking and alerted the firefighters.

The truck sustained significant damage to just the cab. The department has ruled out foul play as the start of the fire.

The truck was a vital piece of equipment, having a pump, water tank and ladder and would be sent on every fire call. At 12-years-old, the truck could have lasted for another three to eight years.

The department is trying to decide if buying a new truck or fixing the damaged one would be cheaper. In the meantime, the department will have to rely on trucks from surrounding cities.

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