On November 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm, E521 from Fire Station 52 (fs52) was dispatched to mile marker 80 on Interstate 40 for a passenger vehicle fire. When the engine arrived, they found an SUV on the shoulder fully involved. Firefighters deployed an attack line and were able to get the fire under control within a few minutes but were unable to save anything from the vehicle.
The driver stated she heard a pop and within seconds, smoke began to pour from under her hood. She pulled over and exited the vehicle when the motor compartment went up in flames. Passing motorists stopped to render help but were unable to put the fire out, which quickly progressed into the cab of the vehicle. The driver and her dog were uninjured in the incident. The Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol closed both lanes of eastbound traffic for roughly 15 minutes due to poor visibility because of the smoke and was later reduced to the fast lane.
|Firefighter Heath Markley is seen on the attack line while Firefighter Justin Escobar prepares to access the motor compartment with the haligan tool.|
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Story and photos by Lieutenant Ron Hood, Pinion Pine Fire District