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    LA County Fire Responds to Report of Athens Services Garbage Truck Fire

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    Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to reports of an Athens Services garbage truck on fire in West Hollywood. The incident occurred on Harper Avenue, north of Santa Monica Boulevard. Fire Station 8 was called to the scene at 2:32pm.

    According to witnesses the Athens garbage truck driver noticed smoke coming out of his truck. He released a latch that dumped all the garbage on the street and stepped out of the vehicle, which is the procedure to make it easier for firefighters to fight any potential flames.

    Photo by Jon Viscott – May not be used without permission
    Photo by Jon Viscott – May not be used without permission

    Harper Avenue was closed to moving traffic until it was safe for Athens Services to clean up the debri. The cause of the fire is not yet known. According to a witness, the truck did not suffer any structural damage. No injuries were reported.

    Photo by Jon Viscott – May not be used without permission
    Photo by Jon Viscott – May not be used without permission

    Fire Station 8 has been operating for the past 70 years. The station is a simple three-story building with typical fire station necessities like double-height roll-up garage doors and space for both working and living, on-site. It boasts a clean Mid-Century Modern design clad in smooth stucco and roman brick, flush window bays that wrap around a corner, curved canopies over the garage and main entrance, and geometric punch-outs in the canopy over the third-floor balcony. Despite its three-story height, the building is modest in scale and has a strong horizontal feel so it melds very well with the low-scale streetscape around it and can sometimes go unnoticed.

    About Athens Services:
    After more than 60 years, Athens Services remains a family-owned and operated company built on an unwavering commitment to service, its employees, and the environment. At the core of its success is The Athens Way, a business philosophy that underscores a company culture that:

    Emphasizes superior customer service;
    Respects and celebrates employees and promotes workplace safety; and
    Embraces environmental stewardship through the use of clean technology to increase recycling and landfill diversion.

    Founded by Jack Arakelian in 1957 as a trash hauling company with just two trucks, today Athens Services is the largest privately held environmental services company in Southern California. With more than a quarter of a million customers in 50 cities and county areas, a fleet of more than 900 vehicles, and a portfolio of facilities that includes two state-of-the-art materials recovery facilities, Athens Services’ future is as bright as its storied past.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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