Semi Fire

A fire reduced a semi trailer to a smoldering husk last Wednesday.

COCHISE COUNTY — A semi truck burst into flame after a flat tire sparked last Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Interstate 10, near milepost 341 heading west.

According to the report by the Department of Public Safety, the sparks from the flat tire caught the trailer on fire; and the driver unhooked the truck from the trailer, thus saving the truck.

As the trailer burned, the building material that was being hauled dissolved from a solid into a powder from the extreme heat.

The Willcox Fire Department responded to the fire. Although DPS initially thought the powder was a hazmat possibility, the powder was later determined to be harmless.

The lane beside the trailer was closed for roughly five hours, and there were no injuries in the incident.

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