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I-95 Truck Fire 5/8/2014
Posted On: May 12, 2014

Norwalk Fire Department

Press Release

May 8,, 2014

The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a fully involved tractor trailer truck on I-95,this morning at 11:30am. The truck traveling southbound on I-95, stopped in the slow travel lane just beyond the merge from Route 7 connector. The flames were quickly knocked down within 10 minutes and firefighters continued to cool the smoldering remnants of the tractor cab, and motor for several minutes. The shipping container the truck was carrying was empty.

The saddle tanks of the tractor, which contained 100 gallons of diesel fuel combined, were cooled in time by hose streams and fortunately stayed intact. Connecticut DOT crew and sand truck were called in to assist with some motor fluids that mixed with the rainfall on the highway. The storm water culverts to the Norwalk River were checked for fluids from the fire and none were found.

The highway southbound and the entrance from Route 7 connector was shut down or reduced to one lane for an hour as emergency crews worked the scene. Firefighters and DOT crews cleared the highway of melted debris and Parkway Auto Body towed the truck from the highway.

3 Engines responded to the scene to assist with water supply and manpower. Fire Inspector Tom Raila is investigating the cause of the fire.

Deputy Chief Edward Prescott

Norwalk Fire Department

121 Connecticut Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06854

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