Wednesday, May 7, 2014
A semi-truck full caught fire on I-19 around 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, May 6. Fortunately, no one was injured, but a load of produce was lost in the blaze, according to Tucson Fire Department Public Relations Officer Barrett Baker.
Here's the official press release:
Tucson Fire responded to a semi-truck and trailer that caught fire on I-19 northbound with the lack of a constant water supply and heavy freeway traffic posing initial challenges. The semi truck was driving north bound when the driver hit a mattress that was on the freeway. The driver pulled off the freeway for precautionary reasons to ensure the truck and trailer were okay. The driver noticed the trailer catching on fire near the front tires of the trailer. Approximately 10 calls were made to 9-1-1 at that time reporting heavy smoke and flames erupting from the trailer. Tucson Fire arrived within minutes and the initial engine company confirmed the trailer was heavily involved in fire with the fire spreading to the rear portion of the semi-truck. Crews pulled hose lines off the engine to begin extinguishing the flames. Most of the engines on scene carried 750 gallons of water. If multiple hose lines were pulled off of a truck, they would only have about 3-4 minutes of water before running out. Several engines responded to the scene as well as the water tender, which carries 2,500 gallons, to assist in extinguishing the fire. DPS arrived quickly and detoured traffic off of the freeway. The driver of the truck didn't require medical attention, though he was questioned several times to make sure he was okay. The truck was hauling a load of produce which was considered a total loss. TFD units extinguished the heavy flames but several units stayed on scene due to the deep seated nature of the fire. Heavy equipment was going to respond to the scene to remove the produce from the trailer and the truck itself was going to be towed. 11 TFD units consisting of 31 firefighters responded to the scene. There were no injuries to firefighters. The mattress the driver was unable to avoid became wedged between the trailer and the tires, catching fire.