A Snyder Volunteer Fire Truck Catches Fire While Being Worked On

A new Snyder Volunteer Fire Department fire truck caught fire Thursday afternoon On FM 600

Abilene Firefighters and Hawley Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene as the fire ignited brush fires nearby, according to scanner traffic.

The area is dense with mesquite trees and scrub undergrowth. Crews were able contain the brush fires and keep them from reaching houses in the area, according to scanner traffic.

“Apparently while on a test drive by a mechanic, a tire caught fire from an as yet to be determined cause,” Snyder VFD said in the statement. “The vehicle sustained extensive damage.”

The truck was relatively new. It only recently went into service on June 19, and cost $347,592.

The department said it is still working to find a replacement as of Sunday. The truck is covered under a warranty.

The Snyder Volunteer Fire Department is a non-profit organization composed of about 35 people that works with the city’s municipal fire department

Photo Credit: Ronald W. Erdrich