Fire Crews Battle Two Interstate Truck Fires
New Union VFD requested manpower and mutual aid response from Manchester Fire-Rescue. When crews arrived on scene, the tractor had separated itself from the trailer, and firemen attacked the trailer fire which was fully engulfed when crews arrived on the scene. The 18-wheeler was loaded with cotton.
Manchester Fire Chief George Chambers says that all crews on the scene did a great job of controlling and extinguishing the fire. He added that it was a joint effort by all the responding departments. Chambers went on to say, “By providing assistance to each other is key to our success in the county, and crews did a great job of coming together to extinguish this fire, and get the interstate open quicker.”
Traffic was shut down on the interstate for several hours while emergency crews cleaned up the scene. No injuries were reported.
Fire crews from New Union and Manchester were back at it Sunday morning around 9:15am. Apparently the brakes on an 18-wheeler hauling new automobiles caught fire. According to one firemen one of new cars was completely destroyed along with the cab of the truck. I-24 traffic was closed while fire crews battled the blazing truck. No one was injured.