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BREAKING: No injuries in semi fire, two fuel pumps damaged

Friday, January 8, 2010

No injuries have been reported in a semi tractor/trailer fire at a local service station.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m., 911 dispatchers were notified about a fully engulfed vehicle fire at Pilot Travel Center, 4376 N. State Road 59.

Firefighters from Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, with assistance from Center Point and Posey Township volunteer fire departments, were dispatched to the scene.

The fueling stations were shut off, employees were evacuated from the building and a portion of SR 59 was temporarily shut down as a safety precaution while emergency personnel battled the intense fire.

Firefighters experienced difficulty filling water tankers because of frozen hydrants.

However, the fire was kept under control and the building was not damaged.

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, no injuries were reported at the scene.

Indiana State Police Trooper Darryl Cooley told The Brazil Times the driver reported the contents of the trailer were plastic materials.

Cooley also said the vehicle and its contents are presumed a complete loss and the two semi-truck fuel pumps -- which have been closed pending a structural inspection by the company before reopening -- sustained heavy damage.

Although an investigation to determine the cause of the fire is currently underway, there is speculation it started while the vehicle was being fueled.

According to a Pilot Travel Center spokesman, the remaining five semi-truck fuel pumps are back up and running and the all of gas pumps for passenger vehicles are open as well as the service station facilities for the public.

As of midnight, most of the emergency personnel had left the scene.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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Thank goodness no one was injured. Great job fire and safety workers!

-- Posted by millertime on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 7:52 AM

IT WAS A GOOD JOB DONE BY ALL THE FIRE FIGHTERS TO KEEP THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL .

-- Posted by marys7@verizon.net on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 11:21 AM

Cheers To the emergance personal and fire fighters, Nice job!!!!

-- Posted by computerdx on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 12:19 PM


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