Semi destroyed after catching fire on I-220

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 4:05pm

The Bossier City Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire this afternoon on I-220 near Airline Drive involving a tanker truck hauling hazardous material.

Crews were called to the scene at approximately 1:45 p.m. and found the truck’s cab fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters managed to put the fire out within 5 minutes after the first engine company arrived on the scene by utilizing fire suppressing foam. The truck was carrying hydrogen chloride, a corrosive chemical that’s not flammable but can release toxic gases and vapors if it comes in contact with fire. Firefighters kept the fire contained to the truck. The tanker trailer remained intact during the incident and kept the chemical safely contained.

The driver of the truck told fire department personnel he was heading westbound on I-220 and pulled over when he noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Upon stopping the rig he reported seeing flames coming from the truck and called 911. He was not injured.

Both westbound lanes of I-220 were closed for approximately 45 minutes as a result of the fire. Traffic was then open up to just one lane until the rig was removed from the scene.

Information from Bossier Sheriff's Office


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