Colleton County Fire-Rescue
30/August/2017 – Car Carrier Fire – “A” Shift
Incident # 17-06013 – An 18-wheeler automobile transporter caught fire on I95 near the 50 mile marker southbound Wednesday afternoon 30-August at 18:24. Callers to 9-1-1 reported flames coming from the rear tandems on the trailer of the transporter. The truck driver pulled into the breakdown lane and was able to remove one of the new BMW SUVs from the trailer. The fire quickly spread to the SUV directly over the wheels and as this vehicle became well involved, the fire spread to the SUV stored above the first SUV. Several other truck driver’s stopped and used portable fire extinguishers in an attempt to control the fire. Engine 1 arrived to find the trailer and two SUVs well involved. Crews deployed two 1-3/4 handlines and quickly knocked down the flames. Two cars were heavily damaged and a third received moderate damage. The trailer was also heavily damaged. Overhaul took about an hour. Southbound traffic on I-95 was stopped for about 20 minutes and was then down to one lane for about 45 minutes. It backed up for approximately three miles. No one was injured in the incident.
Engine 1, Engine 27, Tender 1, Tender 13, Tender 26, Battalion 1, Car 105, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.
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