Big rig catches fire in Grapevine

Ef­forts to tow burned or dis­abled ve­hi­cles from the scene ties up two of four In­ter­state 5 south­bound lanes

The Signal - - LIFE - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer jholt@sig­ 661-287-5527 on Twit­ter @ jame­sarthurholt

Fire­fight­ers re­spond­ing to re­ports of a car-haul­ing big rig on fire near Tem­plin High­way found four ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing the rig it­self on fire when they ar­rived.

Although the ve­hi­cle fires were ex­tin­guished quickly, ef­forts to tow the burned or dis­abled ve­hi­cles from the scene and cleanup de­bris tied up two of four south­bound lanes of In­ter­state 5 for about an hour, and prompted the morn­ing-long clo­sure of the slow lane.

By 2:30 p.m., all lanes of the south­bound I-5 were re­opened, CHP Of­fi­cer Eric Preiss­man told The Sig­nal.

“This started very ear­lier this morn­ing. We shut down the num­ber three and four lanes,” he said, re­fer­ring to the slow lane and the lane next to it.

The in­ci­dent be­gan shortly af­ter 7:50 a.m. by mo­torists con­tacted the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol to re­port the right rear tire of a big rig haul­ing sev­eral cars was on fire.

Fire­fight­ers with the Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment were dis­patched at 7:53 a.m. to the south­bound lanes of I-5, just south of Tem­plin High­way, a Fire Depart­ment spokesman said.

“This call was for three fully-in­volved ve­hi­cles,” he said, not­ing the fourth ve­hi­cle was the big rig it­self.

“There was no spread to the brush,” he said.

Fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the scene at 8:06 a.m. and, within five min­utes, ex­tin­guished all four ve­hi­cle fires.

No one was hurt in the in­ci­dent.

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