Truck driver saved a truck-load of books from burning on I-95

Truck driver saved a load of books on I-95

Truck driver saved a load of books on I-95


Joppa, Md. —  07/29/2014 — Joppa-Magnolia Volunteers responded to several fires yesterday.

The first fire call came in at 8:59 am.  The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company (JMVFC) was alerted to assist the Abingdon Fire Company (AFC) at a reported building fire in the 4600 block of Compass Point Road, Belcamp.  A fire engine from the JMVFC Edgewood station responded at 9:00 am.  At 9:05 am, the AFC Fire Chief confirmed a fire in the building and requested additional resources, which brought the JMVFC hook and ladder truck.

Upon arrival, JMVFC crews worked with firefighters from the AFC as well as the Aberdeen Fire Department, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company and the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace to control the fire.  The JMVFC units cleared the scene at 10:28 am.  For additional information, contact the Abingdon Fire Company.

While returning from the Belcamp fire, JMVFC units were alerted for a truck fire on northbound I-95 at 75.1, Joppa.  Milepost 75.1 is between exits 74 (SRT-152/Mountain Road) and 77 (SRT-24).

Fire engines from the AFC responded in the southbound direction.  Upon arrival, Firefighters found a tractor and trailer with fire in the rear of the tractor.  Fortunately, the tractor-trailer driver was able to disconnect the trailer and pull the tractor away before the fire extended to the trailer, which was carrying books.

The fire on the tractor was extinguished.  There was minor damage to the interior of the trailer.  Firefighters initially used a thermal imaging camera to look for heat without damaging the trailer.  The camera detected high heat present so the inside of the trailer was opened and checked for hidden fire.  The fire appeared to have started near the braking area of the tractor.  No injuries were reported.  Several lanes of northbound I-95 were blocked until the tractor and trailer were removed from the scene.

Photos by Joppa-Magnolia VFC


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