Colleton County Fire-Rescue
15/July/2021 - Semi-Truck Fire - "C" Shift
Incident # 21-05002 - A semi-truck received heavy damage in an evening fire on Interstate 95 Thursday night 15-July. At 22:05, 9-1-1 was notified by several callers of the truck fire at the 63 mile marker northbound. The callers advised the rear wheels of the truck were burning. One caller reported it was a tanker truck hauling diesel fuel. Additional units were assigned to the initial response due to the reported load the truck was pulling. Engine 26 arrived minutes later to find the cab and front of the trailer well involved. The trailer turned out to be a box style trailer carrying pallets of saltine crackers and not diesel fuel. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed two handlines to combat the fire. They had the flames knocked down within 20 minutes, but were on the scene for 1-1/2 hours performing overhaul. The truck portion was destroyed, as well as the front of the trailer and several pallets of merchandise. Northbound I-95 was blocked for about 30 minutes until a one lane was reopened and down to a single lane for 1-1/2 hours Traffic backed up for several miles and was rerouted to McLeod Road at Exit 62. No injuries were reported.
Engine 26, ARFF 19, Tender 1, Tender 5, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 19, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 102, Car 105, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Chris Jones served as Incident Commander.
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