Heavy equipment fire closes Reservoir Road

Matthew Lane • Jul 29, 2019 at 8:44 PM

KINGSPORT — A front end loader caught fire Monday morning along Reservoir Road near the entrance to the Willowbrook neighborhood, causing the road to be blocked for more than five hours while Kingsport firefighters worked to clear the scene.

The fire broke out shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday as the loader was traveling down Reservoir toward Willowbrook. The piece of heavy equipment belongs to Asplundh Tree Service and had a giant mower on the front end to mow along the side of the road.

According to employees at the scene, they were on their way to mow when the fire broke out. The driver of the loader said he was not injured during the incident.

What caused the road to be closed until 2:30 p.m. on Monday was the Kingsport Fire Department’s hazmat team working to clean up the oil and 30-35 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked out of the loader and drained into a nearby creek.

Around 11 a.m., employees with American Environmental (of Sullivan Gardens) responded to the incident and worked throughout the afternoon digging up the contaminated soil with a backhoe and replacing it with good soil.