Windsor firefighters inspect a burned-out work truck on Tuscarora near Parent on April 18, 2019. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

Fire severely damages truck in Windsor neighbourhood

Windsor police and fire officials are trying to determine exactly what caused a work truck to catch fire in Walkerville.

The incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday on Tuscarora Street between Parent Avenue and Langlois Avenue. Windsor Fire and Rescue said a duct-cleaning truck parked in the alley somehow caught fire. The rear of the vehicle was completely involved, though the truck’s cab sustained little or no damage.

The driver was working in the basement of the adjacent home when the fire broke out. He told BlackburnNewsWindsor.com he initially had no idea what was going on.

“I had no idea. I was working in the basement when someone knocked on the door,” he said. “I’ve worked here for three years and have never had this happen.”

Witnesses on scene said the driver jumped in the burning vehicle to move it away from the home, which suffered heat damage to the siding.

The fire was declared out within a half hour and there were no injuries reported.

Investigators were still on scene to speak with witnesses and determine exactly how the fire started. More information on this story will be passed along as it becomes available.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Windsor police at (519) 255-6700 or Crime Stoppers at (519) 258-TIPS (8477).

Witnesses mill around the scene of a truck fire on Tuscarora Street in Windsor, April 18, 2019. Photo by Darrin Drouillard.