PETERSBORO – A semi-truck fire Tuesday afternoon temporarily blocked traffic along SR-23. The fire was reported just after 1:30 p.m.
Cache County Fire Marshal Jason Winn said the truck was traveling east on Valley View Highway, SR-30. As it turned onto SR-23, the driver noticed smoke coming from the hood.
“So [the driver] pulled over and got out of the truck,” explained Winn. “He looked underneath and saw smoke coming out. He went to get his fire extinguisher and came back. He couldn’t get the fire out with the fire extinguisher and then backed away.”
The driver was unharmed but the truck was completely destroyed in the blaze. The trailer, that contained waist material from Nucor, did not sustain any damage.
Winn said deputies closed SR-23 for about an hour so firefighters could extinguish the fire.
“Mendon Fire Department, Wellsville Fire Department, and the Newton Fire Department showed up and helped extinguish the fire. Due to the fact that we don’t have any fire hydrants out in the county, we had to bring in some tinder units to make sure we had enough water to extinguish the fire.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.