Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Firefighters Battle Oil Fed Semi Fire

Interstate 40 -

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

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