Large explosion and fire destroys half of a multimillion-dollar fleet of garbage trucks


Terrifying footages shows rubbish trucks worth MILLIONS explode in flames – leaving collections for 210,000 residents in doubt

  • Fire and explosion damaged half of a multimillion dollar garbage truck fleet
  • Fairfield City Council’s rubbish truck depot set alight on Tuesday about 9.05pm
  • Inferno destroyed five trucks and damaged undercarriage of another five trucks

A devastating blaze has obliterated half of a multimillion-dollar fleet of garbage trucks after an explosion in a depot – leaving collection services in the area in doubt. 

Fairfield City Council’s rubbish truck depot on Sackville St, Canley Vale in Sydney’s southwest caught fire on Tuesday when a loud explosion was heard at about 9.05pm. 

NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia the fire had erupted inside the depot before destroying four garbage trucks and damaging another six, leaving them unusable. 

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said the destruction of the trucks – $350,000 each – would cost the council ‘millions’ to replace. 

Mr Carbone said the council would consider calling in contractors ‘while our trucks are out of use’ to service over 210,000 Fairfield City Council residents. 

Fairfield City Council's rubbish truck depot set alight on Tuesday about 9.05pm (pictured)

Fairfield City Council’s rubbish truck depot set alight on Tuesday about 9.05pm (pictured) 

The inferno destroyed five trucks and damaged undercarriage of another five trucks

The inferno destroyed five trucks and damaged undercarriage of another five trucks

The inferno destroyed five trucks and damaged undercarriage of another five trucks

Five NSW Fire and Rescue crews battled the blaze in an effort to save the remaining vehicles before extinguishing the flames just after 10pm. 

There were reports of numerous explosions and the looming threat of LPG cylinders stored at the facility.   

No one was injured during the incident and it is still unclear as to what caused the fire.  

The fire had erupted inside the depot before destroying five garbage trucks and damaging the undercarriage of another five

The fire had erupted inside the depot before destroying five garbage trucks and damaging the undercarriage of another five

The fire had erupted inside the depot before destroying five garbage trucks and damaging the undercarriage of another five

Five NSW Fire and Rescue crews extinguished the flames just after 10pm on Tuesday

Five NSW Fire and Rescue crews extinguished the flames just after 10pm on Tuesday

Five NSW Fire and Rescue crews extinguished the flames just after 10pm on Tuesday 

A large fire and explosion damaged half of a multimillion dollar garbage truck fleet in Sydney's south west

A large fire and explosion damaged half of a multimillion dollar garbage truck fleet in Sydney's south west

A large fire and explosion damaged half of a multimillion dollar garbage truck fleet in Sydney’s south west 

‘We were lucky, no one was injured, staff are fine … but it’s a 35 week waiting period to replace just one truck, so this will be a big issue for the next few months,’ Mr Carbone told the Daily Telegraph. 

‘We’ll work around the clock to pick up (garbage) tomorrow, the next months wont be easy but we’ll find a way to make it work,’ he said.        

NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia that a crime scene was established and inquiries are continuing into the incident.

No one was injured during the incident and it is still unclear as to what caused the fire (pictured: Fire and rescue crews at the scene)

No one was injured during the incident and it is still unclear as to what caused the fire (pictured: Fire and rescue crews at the scene)

No one was injured during the incident and it is still unclear as to what caused the fire (pictured: Fire and rescue crews at the scene) 

The fire damaged  half of a multimillion-dollar fleet of garbage trucks after fire crews battled the blaze for more than an hour

The fire damaged  half of a multimillion-dollar fleet of garbage trucks after fire crews battled the blaze for more than an hour

The fire damaged  half of a multimillion-dollar fleet of garbage trucks after fire crews battled the blaze for more than an hour 

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