Bonnet Island Truck Fire Extinguished Quickly

Jun 07, 2017
Photo by: Jay Mann

A truck fire on Bonnet Island was quickly extinguished June 5 and no one was injured in the incident, which started with a smoking 1999 pick-up truck on the eastbound lane of the Route 72 bay bridge.

Heidi Michel, chief of the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Co., said the driver was coming back onto Long Beach Island when his vehicle started to smoke. He quickly pulled off the bridge to a yard in the Circle Drive area where a friend of his lives. Together, the two men attempted to extinguish the fire themselves but fire companies from Ship Bottom, Surf City and Stafford Township were called to the scene at about 5:53 p.m., Michel said.

“The only reason all three responded is because of the construction on the bridge. We have mutual aid agreements with Ship Bottom and Surf City,” she said. “Ship Bottom got there quickly and was able to extinguish it.”

The truck, which had 230,000 miles on it, was totaled in the fire, Michel reported. The driver did lose his construction tools but was unharmed, she said.

“Thank goodness Ship Bottom got there quickly and the fire didn’t extend to the house,” she said, adding all three departments work well together and that the June 5 incident proves how important mutual aid agreements are.  —G.G.S.

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