Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that began in the back of a garbage truck at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road in Lake in the Hills, Tuesday morning. | Photo: HFPD

Firefighters spent nearly an hour extinguishing a fire that began in the back of a garbage truck at a park in Lake in the Hills Tuesday morning.

The Huntley Fire Protection District responded around 9:08 a.m. Tuesday to Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road in Lake in the Hills, for a report of a garbage truck fire.

The driver noticed the fire and pulled over into an empty parking lot.

The driver dumped the garbage load, which was on fire, onto the parking lot.

Huntley Fire Protection District Communication Specialist Alex Vucha said the driver fortunately saved his truck and was unharmed in the process.

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that began in the back of a garbage truck at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road in Lake in the Hills, Tuesday morning. | Photo: HFPD

The Lake in the Hills Public Works assisted firefighters, who spent nearly an hour soaking down the waste and extinguishing residual hotspots.

Fire officials cautioned the public about throwing items in the garbage such as batteries, pool chemicals or paint — all of which can increase the risk of starting a serious or deadly fire.

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“These fires can cause significant damage to your home or inflict serious injuries to the driver of the waste collection truck,” the Huntley Fire Protection District said.

Those who wish to discard of hazardous products can learn more by visiting Earth911.com to find drop-off locations.