Fire Crews Battle Two Interstate Truck Fires

Cotton truck fire from Thursday night... Photo by Barry West

Cotton truck fire from Thursday night… Photo by Barry West

Fire crews from Manchester Fire-Rescue, New Union and Summitville Volunteer departments responded to a tractor trailer fire on I-24 West at the 109 mile-marker on Thursday night.
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.
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Truck was fully engulfed when firemen arrived on Sunday morning... Photo by Dennis Weaver

Truck was fully engulfed when firemen arrived on Sunday morning… Photo by Dennis Weaver

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.