A Conway Fire Department ladder truck caught fire Tuesday while returning to the downtown station.

According to CFD fire chief Bart Castleberry, the turbo went out and began spewing oil onto the engine. The oil ignited, causing slight fire damage to the wiring of the engine.

Castleberry said firefighters on the truck at the time said they heard a noise “like a machine gun” and, within 30 seconds, noticed heavy smoke coming from the engine.

Castleberry said the engine will be out of service for about a week. In an unrelated event, Castleberry said the fire department also has a rescue vehicle that will be out of service for three days.

“We have enough reserve vehicles to fill in,” Castleberry said. “All of our trucks will still be manned. We will still cover everything.”

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