A midday vehicle fire tied up traffic on Middlesettlements Road as Alcoa firefighters dealt with a messy blaze Thursday.

“We had a report that a garbage truck had caught fire,” Alcoa Fire Department Capt. Paul Walker said.

The fire happened near the entrance to The Ridge at Hamilton Crossing, requiring the road to be temporarily closed off to traffic.

Walker said the first engine was there at 1:13 p.m., two minutes after dispatchers received the call. Two engines and seven fire department personnel responded, along with two fire squad cars and five police officers. The fire was extinguished by 2:23 p.m.

The truck belonged to LaFollette-based Dump Your Junk. The fire’s cause may have been a mechanical failure with a component that caused a fire between the cab and the bed, Walker said.

A pile of cardboard that was being transported in the bed also caught fire, making things more complicated.

“We had to cut a hole out of the top to get water down onto it,” Walker said.

A damage estimate was not available Thursday but Walker said the truck was valued between $35,000 and $100,000.

Walker said the two Alcoa Public Works employees also responded to clean up afterwards with a street sweeper.

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