Trailer fire under control at Goshen Street Department

Black smoke could be seen from at least 2 miles away from the Goshen Street Department on Steury Avenue.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.

GOSHEN — A trailer with televisions, computer monitors, projection equipment and other scrap metal caught fire Tuesday, May 6, at the Goshen Street Department.

Firefighters were called to the street department at 475 Steury Ave. on the north side of the city around 11:30 a.m. when an employee discovered the trailer on fire in the parking lot. Jeff Bigler got in touch with his bosses using a radio in his truck and called the fire department.

“I said, ‘We have our TV trailer on fire, and I don’t mean just a little one,’” Bigler said. “It’s a raging fire.”

The fire was confined to the trailer, and black smoke could be seen from at least 2 miles away.

Goshen fire inspector Mike Happer said he does not know how the fire started, but firefighters were able to extinguish the flames within a few minutes.

The street department often picks up televisions and other items that have been left on the side of the road, Bigler said. Bigler said he thinks the sun combined with a projection lens stored on the trailer may have contributed to the fire.

“Maybe one of those magnified the sun, like playing with a magnifying glass when you were a kid,” he said.

Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Angelle Barbazon on Twitter at @tweetangelle.

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