Large box truck catches fire from batteries in Cranston

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A large box truck caught fire in Cranston early Wednesday morning.

The fire happened at about 7 a.m. on Mills Street.

Mayor Ken Hopkins said one of the trucks was carrying lithium batteries, which burnt a hole through the bottom of the trailer, sparking a fire.

Hopkins said water wasn’t enough to put the fire out, so foam trucks were called in. 

“It burned pretty heavily, the batteries themselves, the water would not put the fire out so we brought in the foam trucks. Fortunately, they were able to get a tractor in there and move most of the trucks away from it but the one truck that was on fire was completely burnt,” Hopkins said.

No injuries were reported, and the extent of the damage is unknown.

Firefighters from Johnston, Warwick, and Cranston and a hazmat team responded to the scene.

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