UPDATE 4PM: THE cause of a garbage truck fire which sparked the interest of people travelling along Thozet Rd this morning will not be investigated further by the QFES.

A QFES spokesperson said the JJ Richards truck had been "performing normal operations" when the fire broke out about 6.50am.

"When we got to it, the truck driver had already dumped out cardboard," the spokesperson said.

He said the rubbish had already caught fire before the driver released it from the truck, but the fire crew on the scene were able to extinguish it fairly quickly.


8.45am: A GARBAGE truck fire attracted the attention of passing motorists in North Rockhampton this morning.

One reader posted photos of the fire from when they came across the unusual event on Thozet Road.

Julie Laurie-Anno posted this images on The Bulletin's Facebook page:


7.35am: THE MANAGEMENT team of a garbage truck that caught on fire in North Rockhampton this morning have arrived at the scene.

The Bulletin is still at the scene where the fire has been extinguished and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crew has left.

7.25am: FIREFIGHTERS were called to a north Rockhampton location this morning to deal with an usual job.

The fire had started in the back of a garbage truck on Thozet Rd and was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

The Bulletin came across the scene, near Duthie Park, about 7.20am.

By this time, the rubbish that has caught fire was now on the ground being extinguished thoroughly by firefighters.

It is unknown how much damage the fire caused to the JJ Richards truck and the driver of the truck is fine.