Normal Fire Department truck goes up in flames

No one was injured when a Normal Fire Department truck was engulfed in flames this afternoon. (Photo courtesy WMBD-TV/Facebook/Andy Bush)

By Howard Packowitz

NORMAL – A Normal Fire Department truck that had just been repaired caught fire Wednesday and is apparently a total loss.

Engine 15 was heading back to town on I-74, near Knoxville, west of Peoria, when a mechanical failure in rear of the truck ignited the flames.

On its Facebook page, the department said the fire does not appear to be related to the repair work.

The department said no firefighting equipment was on board, so damage is limited to the rig.

No one was injured, and the cause is under investigation.

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