TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. — Nearly a dozen firefighters doused a flaming vehicle at the Trumansburg Fair demolition derby Saturday night, officials said.
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The blaze started in a truck when a fuel line began to leak, said Lt. Dan Scherer, of the Trumansburg Volunteer Fire Department.
He said about 30 to 40 firefighters from Trumansburg, Enfield, Interlaken and Mecklenburg were on hand to help put the fire out, though only about 10 were in the derby area attacking the fire head-on for about two minutes.
He said fire extinguishers were initially used to combat the flames, but the size of the fire prompted the use of extinguishing foam to put the blaze out.
“The fire was big at times, but it was under control,” Scherer said.
Trumansburg Fire Chief Jason Fulton said the fire appeared to keep getting larger because the vehicle was an older model with an electric fuel pump, which kept feeding the flames with gas.
A blaze that size, he said, is rare because officials usually put out smaller fires under the hood of the vehicles, as opposed to fuel-line related blazes.
He said no injuries were reported at the scene and firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to other vehicles in the derby.
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