Grease collection cargo truck catches fire east of Boulder [Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.]

April 30–Firefighters were able to extinguish a cargo truck fire Monday morning at a grease collection company just east of Boulder before the fire could spread to a nearby building.

The fire was called in at 6:15 a.m. Monday in the 7200 block of Valtec Lane, according to Boulder County sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Wagner.

The truck, a 1995 International box-style cargo truck, belonged to ClearEcos, a grease and restaurant oil pickup service, and was backed up to a building.

The truck was unoccupied at the time of the fire but did contain grease and cardboard boxes. An employee told investigators he had smelled smoke coming from the truck, and when he opened the back door of the vehicle, the fire quickly grew and engulfed the cargo area.

Wagner said that firefighters were able to contain the fire to the truck’s cargo area, though it was at one time threatening a nearby structure.

The nearby building suffered only minor damage, though the truck was deemed a total loss.

Nobody was injured.

Wagner said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.

Rocky Mountain Fire Authority and Louisville Fire Rescue responded to the blaze, along with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, or


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