Tanker truck bursts into flames on I-84

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:45 PM

BOISE -- All lanes of Interstate 84 opened to eastbound vehicles just after 10:30 p.m. Friday after a tanker truck burst into flames causing the freeway to close earlier that night. The tanker truck was carrying thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel.

Instead of attacking the fire, Boise Fire Battalion Chief John Peugh said they used a different strategy.

"If we put the fire out, then we have a lot of raw fuel that we have to deal with. That becomes a hazmat, so on this particular situation, we elected to just let it burn off," said Peugh.

Idaho State Police Sergeant Sam Ketchum says flames were 60 to 80 feet high.

Idaho State Police helped with traffic control. They had to shut down the freeway because of how hot the fire was, while Boise fire handled the flames.

"Obviously because it's considered a hazardous material, the size of the flame, the temperature of the flames, we shut the freeway down at that time. Boise fire responded. They've done a great job of assisting as far as the fire, putting it out, giving us good direction as far as keeping the safety of the citizens obviously traveling on the highway," said Ketchum.

Idaho State Police are investigating what exactly caused the fire, although troopers said that will be difficult because of the condition of the tanker truck.

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