Daytona Beach firefighters battle excavator fire caused by mechanical issue

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Daytona Beach firefighters battle excavator fire caused by mechanical issue

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach firefighters responded to an excavator that caught fire Monday in a wooded area of Volusia County.

According to the Daytona Beach Fire Department’s Facebook page, the excavator experienced a “mechanical malfunction” that caused it to be set ablaze.

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Video posted to the DBFD Facebook page showed the machine was close to foliage and trees, meaning there was a risk of a brushfire catching on, firefighters said.

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However, firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before they latched onto any nearby greenery. The department said the operator was able to exit the craft safely without injury.

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