Semi trucks, dump truck burn in fire.

December 9, 2019

Fire Investigtor Jeff Brown with the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office investigates the scene.

Semi trucks, dump truck burn in fire.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

SHELBY – Two semi trucks were destroyed by a fire in the parking lot of NJ Fox and Sons, Inc. early Monday morning, Dec. 9.

A Burnette Foods Inc. dump truck also burned in the blaze, but it was not immediately known if it was totally destroyed.

The building sustained exterior damage, but firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading inside, said Jack White, who is the fire chief for both Shelby-Benona and Hart departments.

Jeff Brown, a fire investigator for the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, was on scene sorting through the rubble to determine the cause.

Four fire departments — totaling approximately two dozen firefighters — responded to the scene, including Shelby-Benona, Hart, Ferry Township and Grant Township, White said.

“We had the fire knocked down fairly quick,” White said. However, firefighters remained on scene for several hours due to the diesel fuel that spilled. Northern A-1 Environmental Services was called in to clean up the fuel spill.

“We lost 17 links of hose that were soaked in diesel fuel,” White said.

The fire, which was toned out at 12:30 a.m., was initially dispatched as a structure fire, White said. The vehicles were parked right next to the building beneath the overhang. Firefighters remained on scene until approximately 5 a.m. to contain the fuel spill.

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