Garbage truck bursts into flames in Hazel Green

Hazel Green garbage truck fire. Courtesy: Christy Lankford Young

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- A garbage truck burst into flames Wednesday morning in a Hazel Green neighborhood, fire crews said.

Toney Fire and Rescue say the fire started around 7:30 a.m. and was completely extinguished within 20 minutes. The driver was not inside the truck when it went up in flames.

The driver told authorities the fire started in the engine compartment and quickly spread to the garbage hull of the truck.

Multiple viewers sent us videos and photos of the scene on Helton Avenue. Resident Heather Marie Lewis said the fire happened just outside her home.

"We were asleep, heard a big boom, and came outside to this," said Lewis during a Facebook Live of the scene.

The Madison County Sanitation Department along with District 4 crews will be handling the cleanup and removal of the vehicle.