By TONYA POUTRY
SOUTH HERO – Quick work by volunteer firefighters stopped the spread of a blaze involving a diesel truck in a metal storage building behind Robinson’s Hardware in South Hero this morning.
Chief Kim Julow of South Hero Volunteer Fire Department also credited quick thinking by owner, Jimmy Robinson, for preventing further damage. Robinson partially pulled the truck out of the storage building using a forklift after being alerted to the fire by an alarm, Julow said.
Firefighters from South Hero, Grand Isle, North Hero, Isle La Motte, Alburgh and Milton Fire Departments were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.
Grand Isle County Sheriff Ray Allen said the alarm sounded about 7:50 a.m. The truck was destroyed, but there was minimal damage to the structure, Allen said.
No injuries were reported.
The diesel vehicle had been plugged into an engine heater which is believed to be what caused the fire.
“The fire departments did a tremendous job quickly putting out the fire and minimizing loss,” the sheriff said.
South Hero Rescue also was on scene to assist the fire departments and sheriff’s department.