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Morning Commute Affected by Semi-Truck Fire on I-75 SB in Ocala

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August 26, 2022 | FLORIDA OCALA FIRE RESCUE, Correspondent
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(OCALA, FL.) Aug. 26, 2022 – On Friday, August 26, at approximately 5:37 a.m., Ocala Fire Rescue's Engines 1, 4, and 6, Rescue 1, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer responded to a vehicle fire between exits 350 and 352 on I-75 in Ocala.

Units arrived to find a semi-truck transporting cooking oil, with its trailer fully engulfed in flames. The truck's cab had been detached and separated from the trailer.

Tower 1 crews established a safe zone with their vehicle, blocking traffic adjacent to the scene, while Engine 1, Engine 4, and Rescue 1 began fighting the fire.

Engine 4 was reassigned, along with Engine 6, to supply Engine 1 with water.

The fire was under control by 5:54 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

While the scene was active, two SB lanes were blocked. Traffic onto I-75 SB, from State Road 40, was diverted by Ocala Police officers.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The state warning point was notified.

The Florida Highway Patrol also responded.

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