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Fairfield firefighters deal with a tar truck that caught fire late Thursday morning while it was pumping hot tar onto the roof of the Solano County Courthouse. (Ian Thompson/Daily Republic)


Tar truck catches fire at old county courthouse

By From page A3 | January 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield firefighters put out a fire in a roofing tar truck late Thursday morning after it was backed up to the rear of the old Solano County Courthouse at Texas and Union streets.

No one was injured. Firefighters said they were pleased that they extinguished the fire before it could damage the adjacent historic building that work crews have spent the past few months renovating.

Firefighters got the call at 11:16 a.m. and arrived behind the courthouse to see two workers using handheld fire extinguishers to put out the fire, which was licking up either side of an Extension Roofing Service truck that held approximately 1,300 gallons of roofing tar.

Jeff Moorhead, who owns a nearby automotive business, was going to lunch when he saw “a lot of smoke and a lot of fire coming from the bottom of the truck.”

“It did not appear to light off the tar truck itself,” Moorhead said. The heat blew out the truck’s rear tires, he said.

It appeared that the truck’s tar tank may have ruptured at the bottom, according to firefighters’ preliminary examination.

“It was wonderful that this fire was not worse than it was,” Moorhead said.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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