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Fire knocks Palos fire truck out of service

A Palos Fire ProtectiDistrict aerial ladder truck was severely damaged Wednesday Nov. 13 2013 as result an apparent electrical fire.

A Palos Fire Protection District aerial ladder truck was severely damaged Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, as a result of an apparent electrical fire. | Lance Piotrowski~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 15, 2013 11:44AM



A Palos Fire Protection District aerial ladder truck was severely damaged Wednesday morning as a result of an apparent electrical fire, Chief Patrick Gericke said.

The fire broke out in the truck’s cab after 8:30 a.m., and the one firefighter on the vehicle pulled it into the parking lot of a supermarket near 131st Street and LaGrange Road in Palos Park, north of Sandburg High School.

An engine and two ambulances responded, and the firefighter was not injured, Gericke said. He said he believed the truck was returning from a call when the fire occurred.

The chief said damage to the truck was extensive and it cannot be deployed on calls.

Gericke said the district was in the process of replacing the 1989 ladder truck, with delivery of a new vehicle expected in January. In the interim, the district would have access to an aerial ladder truck through mutual aid agreements with nearby fire districts, he said.

The chief said he was unsure whether the damaged truck could be repaired, noting it would be an issue the district’s insurance carrier would have to address.



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