No one hurt in Feb. 28 truck fire

Published 2:37 pm Thursday, March 1, 2018


A truck trailer ablaze on the 208 exit ramp to Interstate 65 N. rushed Clanton fire fighters and police to the scene for assistance on Feb. 28.

No one was injured.

The Clanton Fire Department was dispatched at 12:16 p.m. to confront the flames. The rear truck tires were on fire, and the inferno had spread to the front of the trailer, according to Clanton Fire Chief David Driver.

“The trailer was enclosed and contained wooden pallets, which were also on fire,” Driver said. “We had to cut the sides of the trailer open to gain access to the inside in order to extinguish the fire.”

The 208 northbound exit ramp was temporarily shutdown.

The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office informed Chilton County residents of the ramp closure via Facebook, posting several photos of the burning truck trailer.

One commenter mentioned she heard a “boom” she guessed to have come from the area of Exit 208.

“The cause [of the fire] appears to be a mechanical issue with the rear tires/wheels of the truck,” Driver said.

According to Driver, the blaze was under control at 1 p.m., and CFD cleared the scene at 2:43 p.m.

CPD remained on scene for traffic control during cleanup.

Assistant Chief Deputy Shane Mayfield of CCSO said the fire damaged power lines hanging above the truck, but were repaired later in the day.