Andover firefighters extinguish 5 trucks engulfed in flames

Andover firefighters extinguish 5 trucks engulfed in flames
Five trucks were engulfed in flames when Andover firefighters arrived Friday, May 1, 2020. (Photo courtesy Andover Fire Rescue)

ANDOVER, Mass. — Andover firefighters responded to Lowell Junction Road where four dump trucks and an oil tanker truck were engulfed in flames Friday night.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Andover fire officials responded to numerous 911 calls of an explosion at 46 Lowell Junction Road. The four dump trucks on fire were blocking access to the oil tanker truck that was also in flames. They knocked out the fire at 7:36 p.m., according to Andover Fire chief Michael B. Mansfield.

“I commend the firefighters who first arrived on scene for getting the fire under control,” Chief Mansfield said.

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Andover firefighters responded to 911 calls of an explosion at 46 Lowell Junction Road on May 1, 2020.
Andover firefighters responded to 911 calls of an explosion at 46 Lowell Junction Road on May 1, 2020. (Photo courtesy Andover Fire Rescue)

“They used a massive water stream -- what we refer to as a blitz attack -- to get the fire contained as quickly as possible, which prevented any further environmental damage to the site. This could have been a much worse situation had it not been for their quick thinking and efficient work.”

No injuries were reported. The damage to the four trucks and one oil tanker is estimated at $1 million.

An outside environmental clean-up crew, the Andover Health Division and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection were contacted.

Wilmington firefighters assisted on scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.