At approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, a fire started in a city of Scottsdale Solid Waste truck, which was parked at the North Corporation Yard (9191 E. San Salvador Drive) alongside other vehicles.
The fire spread to adjacent trucks and before it could be controlled and eventually put out, 12 were damaged or destroyed. Initial estimated damage is more than $3 million.
Scottsdale Fire Department's investigation revealed that the blaze originated in the battery compartment of one of the trucks. The exact cause is unknown but foul play is not suspected.
A Scottsdale police officer who stopped at the yard early Sunday morning to refuel his patrol vehicle first noticed and reported the fire. Units Scottsdale and Phoenix fire departments responded.
Despite losing a dozen vehicles, Solid Waste collection service to residential customers in Scottsdale was not disrupted. About 50 commercial customers were delayed by one day. Scottsdale Solid Waste thanks the cities of Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Peoria for providing loaner vehicles that are helping the city continue to serve its customers.