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Ellensburg, Washington – Fire from Burning Semitruck Causes Brush Fire

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Posted on August 28, 2019

Ellensburg, Washington (August 28, 2019) – A semi truck burst into flames on the westbound lanes of the Interstate 90 on Wednesday afternoon. The truck driver was able to safely get out of his vehicle, and no other vehicles were reported to have been involved. No injuries were reported in the incident. However, the fire from the truck spread to brush on the side of the road, threatening several structures and causing evacuations. Fire crews were eventually called to Parke Creek Road near Koffman Road to put out the flames. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The incident caused the closure of all eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of the Interstate 90 at milepost 131.

About Vehicle Fire

Vehicle fires are a cause for alarm and can present a very dangerous situation. No matter the cause, all passengers are advised to get as far away from the vehicle when it ignites. The nature of the vehicle and the materials used in it builds potential for big fires and explosions.

To minimize the risk of fires, it is always best to make sure that a vehicle is well-maintained and in good condition. While there are many known causes of car fires, a fire does not always start with just one cause. More often, a number of factors are present when a car fire happens. This makes investigation difficult, but by listing the known causes of car fires, car owners can take the proper steps to analyse their own vehicle’s safety. Some factors do not always directly start the fire but raise the risk for creating it; these factors are design flaws, vehicle neglect, the use of faulty electrical or hybrid batteries, and the spilling or leaking of flammable liquids . On the other hand, factors that can directly cause vehicle fires are car crashes, arson, faulty wiring, and overheating car parts and components. The top two causes for car fires are electrical system failures and leaks in the fuel system. Additionally, one must look over the cargo being carried and make sure there is risk that the cargo can also burst into flames. In identifying these fire risks, one can then properly assess their vehicle to see if any of these risks are present. Like with all fire risks, early detection can help prevent any damage, loss, injuries and fatalities.