Sunday, August 18, 2013

Firefighters Make Quick Stop on Semi Fire

Interstate 40 -

On August 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm, Pinion Pine firefighters were dispatched to mile marker 82 on Interstate 40 eastbound for a tractor trailer fire which brought the response on 2 engines and 1 chief officer. C501 arrived on scene reporting the tractor to be fully involved with possible extension into the trailer which had a load of newspaper.

E511 and E521 arrived on scene, deploying a CAFS attack line and quickly knocked the fire down. E521 gained access to the trailer and made entry, checking for further extension into the load utilizing a thermal imaging camera, with no fire found. Crews were on scene for roughly 2 hours while overhaul was completed. Initially, eastbound traffic was completely stopped for about 30 minutes until the fire was under control, then being reduced the the high speed lane. The cause of the fire is unknown but the driver of the vehicle believes the turbo went out causing the fire to start in the motor compartment.
E511 Firefighters Beau Jackson and Neal Raines suppressing the fire

E521 Engineer Chris Shaffer and Firefighter Anthony Leach checking for heat in the trailer

Article by Lt. Ron Hood, Pinion Pine Fire District
Photos by Captain Gail Jackson, Pinion Pine Fire District

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