2/18/17: Vehicle fire on I-79N at the 159MM

2/18/17: Company 20 was dispatched to a reported tractor trailer fire on I-79 northbound near the WV/PA state line at the 159MM. Engine 201, Engine 209, Squad 203 and Medic 21 responded within minutes of dispatch and upon arrival found the trailer portion of the tractor trailer heavily involved in fire. All traffic northbound was immediately shutdown while crews operated to control the fire which appeared to have started in the area of the trailer’s wheels. Luckily, the driver of the semi was able to notice the flames early, pull to a safe area and remove the tractor from the fully loaded trailer (carrying frozen broccoli). Thanks to the quick and efficient work of Co. 20 personnel on scene the fire was able to be contained to the wheels and outside back portion of the trailer without extension into the box of the trailer or the payload. After primary extinguishment of the fire the left lane of I-79 N was able to be reopened to traffic while awaiting WVDOH to take over traffic control. Once WVDOH arrived on scene primary traffic control was turned over to the WVDOH crew and all Co. 20 personnel returned to service.

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