Trailer fire closes interstate for two hours

by Geoff Fox

Area firefighters battled a trailer fire along Interstate 70 that had the interstate closed for about two hours Monday night.

Firefighters from Hancock Fire Company and other area fire companies battled a trailer fire along I-70 last Monday, July 12, just after 10 p.m. The fire was near the rear of the trailer with it having reached other contents of the moving tractor-trailer. Photo courtesy Hancock Fire Company.

Just after 10 p.m. July 12, Hancock Fire Company was dispatched for a tractor-trailer fire on westbound Interstate 70 at the 2-mile marker with units finding a moving company tractor-trailer involved in fire near the rear of the trailer.

Hancock Fire Chief Robert Hoopengardner said crews pulled two hose lines and knocked down the fire on the outside of the trailer and opened the side and rear doors to find the fire had reached the contents and was burning.

“Additional units were called for water and manpower to assist in unloading the burned contents to make sure the fire was completely out,” Hoopengardner said.

Fire units from Clear Spring, Orleans, Berkeley Springs, along with Hancock Rescue Squad and the Washington County Air Unit assisted Hancock Fire Company at the scene.

Hoopengardner said units cleared the scene just after midnight and no injuries were reported.