Semi fire on U.S. 30 near Butt Road shuts down lane for nearly 12 hours

Fire consumes a tractor-trailer on U.S. 30 near Butt Road early Tuesday morning.

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A tractor-trailer caught fire on U.S. 30 near Butt Road early Tuesday morning.

The fire closed the eastbound lanes at West County Line Road for nearly five hours. Shortly before 7 a.m., crews opened the left lane. Around 12:30 p.m., the scene was cleared by police.

Around 1:30 a.m. firefighters were dispatched after the driver called 911.

The driver was able to safely make it out.

Fire crews from Arcola and Union Township in Whitley County battled intense flames for about thirty minutes.

The entire trailer was engulfed in flames when they arrived. Firefighters were able to pull the cab away from the trailer before the fire spread. Heavy smoke poured from the trailer and drifted across westbound lanes of traffic which drastically reduced visibility.

The truck was fully loaded with several different types of candy, including candy bars and something made with marshmallow, according to one firefighter.

Officials said they believe the brake lines might have sparked the fire, but cautioned the investigation was still ongoing.

The driver told firefighters he was about 45 minutes from his drop-off location. It’s unclear who the driver works for or who owns the products in the tractor-trailer.



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