Posted September 16, 2013 EST
Tractor Trailer Fire
(North Carolina) -
Sept 13,2013 - Nash County NC Firefighters from Red Oak and Battleboro fire departments were dispatched to a reported truck fire on I 95 south bound at 144 mile marker. While enroute companies were updated that a working fire with report of some type of explosion. Red Oak unit reported that they could see a large column of black smoke from one mile away.
First units on scene reported they had heavy fire showing from a tractor trailer. Firefighters used four 1 3/4 inch lines to fight the blaze. Water was supplied from tankers from both companies and had the fire under control in 45 minutes.
The driver said that he pulled to the side of the road and attempted to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful and called 911. He told firefighters that he was transporting a shipment of goods from New Jersey to Florida when he smelled smoke and saw flames in his vehicle. The cab of the truck was destroyed and part of the trailer and contents were burned.
North Carolina Highway Patrol had both southbound lanes shut down for about an hour, and one lane was closed for about two hours, while crews were at the scene.
Around 20 firefighters and Nash County EMS unit were at the scene. No one was injured
Written and photos by Bob Bartosz