Witnesses suggested that the driver had a lucky escape. He is said to have heard a popping noise in the back of his cab and jumped out noticing it was on fire. Minutes later, the vehicle, which was carrying ten tonnes of compressed rubbish exploded.
Manchester City Council head of environmental services Rachel Christie said: This appears to have been an isolated incident. We are investigating the cause of it including checking the remains of the vehicle itself as well as also carrying out checks on the rest of the vehicle fleet.
We would like to apologise to local residents for any inconvenience the incident has caused them and would like to thank them for their co-operation. Residents whose property was affected by the incident have been visited and advised of how they should make any insurance claims that might be necessary in respect of damage caused.
The council stated that refuse collection services have not been affected and they are continuing as normal.
After an initial inspection, the local fire brigade suggested that the fire occurred due to a problem with the vehicle.