Box truck badly charred in Holyoke fire

Three recent vehicle fires not believed to have been intentionally set

Image courtesy: Capt. Anthony Cerruti, Holyoke Fire Department

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke firefighters are trying to figure out what caused a fire in a box truck parked on Walnut Street early Monday afternoon.

Image Courtesy: Capt. Anthony Cerruti, Holyoke fire department
Image Courtesy: Capt. Anthony Cerruti, Holyoke fire department

Holyoke Fire Capt. Anthony Cerruti told 22News that that the passenger compartment of the truck was completely engulfed in flames when they got there, and that the fire had spread to the cargo compartment. Photos taken by the department and sent to 22News showed heavy flames and thick smoke coming from the truck.

The box truck fire happened just hours after a parked pickup truck caught fire in the driveway of a home on Ontario Avenue. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the nearby house, but some of the home’s siding was melted, Cerruti said.

A third vehicle fire happened in Holyoke over the weekend on Lexington Avenue. Cerruti says that the owner of that car noticed a fuel leak when he was doing work on the vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Cerruti said that neither the box truck fire, the pickup truck fire, nor the weekend car fire are believed to have been intentionally set.

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