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Garbage truck catches fire near Lizana gas pump

LIZANA -- Customers at Lizana Quick Stop were in a bit of a panic Friday morning after a garbage truck caught fire near a gas pump.

A store manager said it appeared the truck's contents caught fire but the driver drove it away from a diesel pump as a safety precaution.

The store is on Mississippi 53 in Harrison County.

"We were crowded and our customers kind of panicked," said the manager, who declined to give his name. "We used all our fire extinguishers from the store until firefighters got here."

The fire was reported about 10:20 a.m.

The Waste Pro driver was making his rounds and had a full load of garbage when he noticed smoke and pulled over, Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said.

The driver had pulled into a lot next to the store when firefighters arrived.

Sullivan said the fire probably started from a chemical reaction between different products thrown away.

"It doesn't happen very often, but we've seen it more than once," Sullivan said.

"The gas tanks were never in danger," he said. "The fire was contained inside the truck."

The load was dumped and firefighters hosed it down. The mess then had to be cleaned up.