On the morning of April 7th at 5:03 AM Longview Fire Department was dispatched to a truck fire. The reporting party stated that his semi-truck was on fire behind the Frontier Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center, located at 1500 3rd Ave, in Longview.
Longview Police were first to arrive and advised dispatch the semi was fully involved in fire and immediately adjacent to the nursing home. Shortly thereafter a loud explosion occurred when the trucks drivers-side tire exploded. Longview PD made contact with Frontier Rehab and advised them of the fire and to move all occupants to an area of safety.
When Longview Firefighters arrived they found a Spring Valley Dairy (Salem based company) delivery truck with its cab fully involved in fire - spreading to the trailer. The truck was approximately 10 feet from the Frontier Rehab laundry facility, which is accessed off the back of the building. As firefighters further evaluated the situation they identified a commercial gas meter immediately behind the truck as well as a fixed propane tank.
Firefighters deployed two hand-lines to extinguish the blaze and protect the exposures. Shortly into fire extinguishment another loud explosion erupted, this time from the trucks on-board refrigeration unit.
The fire took nearly 20 minutes to fully extinguish. Once extinguished extensive overhaul was conducted to the engine compartment, the cab, and the trailer unit.
The fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. Frontier Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center was occupied with approximately 115 patients and staff at the time of the fire.