Tractor trailer’s brakes, paper rolls catch fire

A towing company crew removes rolls of burned paper that caught on fire during a Thursday morning tractor trailer fire.

FAIRMONT — A tractor trailer transporting paper caught fire before stopping in front of a gas station Thursday morning.

According to Winfield firefighter Bill Francis, the brakes of the truck caught fire and set the trailer on fire. The large rolls of paper inside the trailer then caught fire. The fire took between 15 and 20 minutes for the crews on scene to contain, Francis said.

Fire crews fought the truck fire in front of the Exxon on East Grafton Road.

The fire was called in to Marion County 911 at 6:51 a.m. as a vehicle fire with exposure.

According to Marion County 911, Winfield, Valley and Fairmont fire departments as well as the Marion County Rescue Squad responded. The West Virginia State Police were on scene and Fairmont police also responded to the call.

The West Virginia Division of Highways responded to the call and directed traffic while three tow trucks removed the paper from the back of the trailer.

Route 310 South traffic was diverted to back onto 310 North. Traffic exiting off the northbound lane of Interstate 79 was diverted onto Route 310 North.

Traffic that was traveling on 310 North heading into Fairmont was directed around the scene where the fire occurred.

Francis said that one of the tires blew off of the trailer beore landing 25 feet away.

According to Marion County 911, no one was transported to the hospital from the scene of the fire.

At 9:43 a.m., a public service call was made to the same address as the vehicle fire. According to Marion County 911, the call was from the towing company who wanted fire fighters present while they prepared to tow away the damaged trailer.

Th Winfield and Pleasant Valley fire departments responded to the public service call.

The Winfield Volunteer Fire Department is investigating the fire.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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