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2 Escape Truck Fire, Downed Electrical Wires In San Leandro

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A laundry truck caught fire in San Leandro Monday morning.  (Photo: Alameda County Fire)

A laundry truck caught fire in San Leandro Monday morning. (Photo: Alameda County Fire)

SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – Two men dodged serious injury after a tractor-trailer they were in caught on fire Monday morning in San Leandro, a battalion chief said.

Alameda County Fire fighters responded to a report of wires down about 3:30 a.m. in front of the Camp Wilmont Sweeney juvenile hall at 2600 Fairmont Drive, Battalion Chief John Walsh said.

When firefighters arrived, they found a tractor-trailer on fire, surrounded by live wires, Walsh said. The big-rig brought down the wires, he said.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Two men, transporting laundry from Solano County to the juvenile hall, evaded the “high possibility” of being electrocuted by jumping out of the truck to safety, Walsh said.

PG&E crews arrived at the scene about 4:30 a.m. and deactivated the wires, allowing firefighters to put out the fire, which they did shortly after, the battalion chief said.

Alameda County sheriff’s deputies evacuated about 35 low-risk juvenile offenders from Camp Wilmont Sweeney when the truck was ablaze, Walsh said.

No injuries were reported.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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