Truck Fire Damages Four Mendham Businesses

An early morning garbage truck fire sent fire crews to a Mendham shopping center.

Firefighters responded to the Village Shopping Center on Main Street at approximately 6:29 a.m. for a report of a fire ignited when a propane tank - which provided fuel to the Blue Diamond Disposal truck - exploded.

According to officials, the truck was picking up garbage from behind the shopping center when the driver reportedly saw a glow right before the truck caught fire.

No injuries were immediately reported however the occupied Country Coffee Shop was evacuated.

The blaze which was placed under control by approximately 8:15 a.m., caused significant damage to the coffee shop, the Village Pizza, the Chocolate Shoppe and Aoyama Chinese and Japanese Restaurant.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Photo: Mendham Fire Department