Semi fire brings traffic to a halt on Highway 218

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


A semi fire shut down a portion of Highway 218, south of Mt. Pleasant, Tuesday afternoon as firefighters battled the blaze.

Mt. Pleasant fire department was notified of a semi on fire around 12:50 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The semi was near mile marker 37 on Highway 218, south of Mt. Pleasant. The semi was in the right lane traveling south.

?According to the truck diver, he had a flat tire on the inside and he had gone a little too far and it had caught fire,? said Mt. Pleasant Fire Chief Steward Kinney.

Firefighters were on the scene for nearly an hour, battling the blaze. ?This isn?t something we haven?t seen before,? Kinney said of the semi fire.

Kinney said the fire destroyed the cab and large portion of the front of the trailer. As firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, plumes of gray smoke could be seen several miles away.

Members of the Henry County Sheriff?s Office and the Highway State Patrol were also on scene to direct traffic. Crews closed down the southbound lane of the highway and traffic was rerouted to Old Highway 218.

No one was injured during the fire.