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No injuries reported from semi fire at Pilot station

Friday, January 8, 2010

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

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.

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

As a safety precaution, the fueling stations were shut off, employees were evacuated from the building and members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department temporarily shut down a portion of SR 59 while emergency personnel battled the intense smoke and heat of the fire.

Due to the inclement weather, firefighters experienced difficulty filling water tankers because of frozen hydrants. However, the fire was kept under control and the building and surrounding vehicles were not damaged.

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.

The CCSD reported there were no injuries at the scene.

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 all of gas pumps for passenger vehicles are open as well as the service station facilities for the public.

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