On November 12, 2013, at 10:46 pm, Pinion Pine firefighters received an alarm for a tractor trailer on fire on Interstate 40 near mile marker 70 westbound with its cargo containing chicken. This brought the response of Engine 511 from Fire Station 51 and Chief 501. Chief 501 arrived on scene and reported the fire in the truck and becoming well established into the trailer, as well as a 1/10 of an acre brush fire. E511 arrived and deployed a CAFS attack line and began suppression. Firefighters were able to knockdown the fire after roughly 30 minutes and began overhauling. Units remained on scene for approximately 2 hours while overhaul was completed.
The cause of the fire is unknown but is believed to have started in the motor compartment. No injuries were reported from the incident and traffic was reduced to 2 lanes for the duration of the incident.
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Story and Photos by Lieutenant Ron Hood, Pinion Pine Fire District