Money, truck go up in smoke

October 04, 1991|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

In this dark time of recession, massive layoffs and joblessness, there are some people who have money to burn, although not on purpose.

Lots of currency went up in smoke yesterday when a Loomis Armored Inc. truck mysteriously caught fire on Interstate 895 near the Harbor Tunnel.

According to Lt. H. Christopher Carroll, detachment commander of the Harbor Tunnel police, the armored truck was headed north near the Lombard Street exit about 4 p.m. when the two guards in the truck "heard the truck backfire and then saw smoke and fire."

"They got the heck out of the truck," Carroll said.

Two city Fire Department engines responded and put out the blaze, but not before part of the side of the truck had melted and there was an abundance of "French-fried money or negotiables," Carroll said.

He said no one was injured, but the fire attracted lots of attention during afternoon rush hour. Damage to the truck was estimated at $35,000, he said.

A spokesman for Loomis in Baltimore did not return several telephone calls.

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