Log truck fire determined accidental

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Two Barry Swanson Trucking Company log semi-tractors, located side-by-side, burnt on Sunday morning, Sept. 18 at the company's yard on Woodpecker Lane, a street located off Merchant Road in Forks. The company reported on Monday, Sept. 19 that a Clallam County Fire Department investigation is pointing to an electrical fire as the cause of the blaze that totaled the two trucks. It is unlikely that arson was involved, the report stated.

UPDATE: Clallam County Sheriif's Department issues report on fire - Monday afternoon, Sept. 19, 2011

On 9-18-2011 at approximately 4:45 am the Forks Fire Department, Clallam County Fire District
#1, was dispatched to the Barry Swanson Trucking Inc. yard, located at 600 Woodpecker Lane in
Forks, for a multiple log truck fire. An employee, who resides on the premises, was awakened by
the sounds of the fire and called 911. Upon arrival, the Fire Department found two of the
business’ unloaded Kenworth log trucks fully engulfed in flames. Both trucks were
symmetrically parked, within several feet of one another, amongst a portion of the business’ fleet
of log trucks. The fire was quickly contained to the two burning log trucks by responding fire
crews. Two other trucks sustained varying degrees of heat damage as a result of the fire.
Due to the unknown cause and nature of the fire, the Forks Fire Department requested Clallam
County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to investigate. Deputies with specialized training and
experience in determining the origin and cause of fires responded to the scene. The investigation
determined the fire originated in the battery housing of one of the trucks. The cause has been
determined to be accidental with the ignition source likely being an electrical short from faulty
battery wiring.
The two trucks, a 2002 and 2006 model year Kenworth semi-tractors, were extensively damaged
and deemed a total loss.

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