Truckie's lucky escape from rig fire

A truck driver had a lucky escape after a loaded log truck he was driving caught fire last week.

Emergency services were called to the incident on Ben Boyd Road south of Eden around 1pm on Thursday, December 5.

Narrow escape: A driver escaped unharmed after the log truck he was driving along Ben Boyd Road caught fire. Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

Narrow escape: A driver escaped unharmed after the log truck he was driving along Ben Boyd Road caught fire. Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

Fire and Rescue NSW Eden station commander Zlatko Nemec said upon arrival the rig of the truck was engulfed in four-metre-high flames and the driver had moved to safety away from the vehicle.

The blaze was extinguished promptly by FRNSW Eden while attending fire crews from Eden, Merimbula, Kiah, Towamba Rural Fire Services and NSW Forestry Corporation fire crews worked quickly to contain fire that had spread into surrounding scrubland.

Firefighters work to prevent the log truck blaze spreading further into adjacent bushland. Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

Firefighters work to prevent the log truck blaze spreading further into adjacent bushland. Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

"It was a very narrow escape - there was 800 litres of diesel on board," Commander Nemec said.

"It was lucky the driver noticed when he did and called triple zero who responded quickly sending out the to call emergency services."

Police and Ambulance were also in attendance. There were no injuries.

Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

Meanwhile, police are investigating a separate fire incident that took place on Brandy Creek Road, Nullica River north of Kiah on Saturday, December 7.

Commander Nemec said crews arrived to a scene of bush alight around 5.15pm.

"It is understood this was a deliberate act of arson by unknown persons," Commander Nemec said.

Fire services attend to a fire on Brandy Creek Road on the Nullica River, south of Eden on Saturday. Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

Fire services attend to a fire on Brandy Creek Road on the Nullica River, south of Eden on Saturday. Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

Forestry Corporation, Eden RFS and Eden Fire and Rescue were able to contain the fire quickly before it spread into further bush land.

It's understood the cause of the fire is being investigated by Eden Police.

Fire services attend to a fire on Brandy Creek Road on the Nullica River, south of Eden on Saturday. Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

Fire services attend to a fire on Brandy Creek Road on the Nullica River, south of Eden on Saturday. Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue Eden

Report all fires immediately to Triple-0 (000).

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