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Six hours later, freeway cleared of semi-truck fire debris

A northbound semi truck caught fire on the freeway Thursday morning. Crews worked for almost six hours to clear water and debris that had built up from the fire.
A northbound semi truck caught fire on the freeway Thursday morning. Crews worked for almost six hours to clear water and debris that had built up from the fire.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Crews were able to clear I-15 almost six hours after a semi-truck fire began on the freeway Thursday morning.

Around 2:40 a.m., a truck driver and fellow driver riding in the cab from California reported the fire to Utah Highway Patrol. The truck driver pulled to the side of the freeway when he saw that a tire on his truck had caught fire, north of 600 South, close to the I-80 west off ramp.

The drivers exited the vehicle as the fire moved to the trailer that was filled with wood furniture, and then to the cab where the drivers sleep. By the time crews arrived, flames were shooting out of the truck.

The blaze burned up all the furniture in the truck, causing black smoke to fill the air.

Because of cold temperatures, crews could not immediately spray water on the truck. They called in the Utah Department of Transportation to bring a brine solution so that ice would not build up on I-15.

The Utah Department of Transportation brought plows to the scene of the fire to remove the water that made it on to the road. One lane and the ramp to I-80 west, leading to Salt Lake International Airport, were closed Thursday morning because of the debris from the fire and frozen water, backing up northbound traffic during part of the morning commute.

The lanes reopend just after before 8:30 a.m., according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Contributing: Shara Park, Mary Richards

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