On January 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM, E523 recieved an alarm for a motor vehicle fire on Interstate 40 at the 81 mile marker eastbound. While responding, information was given that the tractor trailer was hauling motor oil and had ignited a secondary vegetation fire, E526 and WT528 were then dispatched. Upon the arrival of E523, crews deployed a 1 1/2 CAFS attack line and suppressed the vegetation fire holding it at 1/4 of an acre and began attacking the vehicle fire which had spread to the contents of the trailer, but could not successfully extinguish the oil fed fire.
|Firefighters Matt Young, Travis Menter and Sean Osterman |
during suppression efforts.
Photo by Firefighter Steve Little
E526 and WT528 arrived on scene and assisted E523 crew with the application of Class A & B foam and were able to knock the fire down and begin overhaul. ADOT Hazardous Materials was notified and a team was dispatched to the scene to mitigate the oil run off which was diked southeast of the incident. Crews were on scene for approximately 6 hours and the Department of Public Safety closed eastbound Interstate 40 traffic for 3 hours until the fire was under control. No injuries were sustained by the driver or fire personnel but the vehicle and its load were a total loss.
|Helmet cam photo from Lieutenent Ron Hood|