Riley County Fire Department responded on an automatic mutual aid call for a refrigerated semi-trailer on fire at the intersections of I-70 and Kansas Hwy 177. Prior to arrival, it was learned that the cargo was 38,000 lbs of crude synthetic rubber. The smoke from the fire could be seen from over 20 miles away.

Upon arrival there was a 53 ft. reefer fully involved with two construction trailers as exposures. These construction trailers were offices that were the headquarters of Koss Construction Co. who is rebuilding I-70 in Geary County Ks. These offices contained all engineering plans for the project as well as the quality control lab.

The closest water supply was in the City of Manhattan, 9 miles north. A tanker shuttle was established with the help of Geary Co. FD, Riley Co. FD, Manhattan FD, and Koss Construction Co. over 35,000 gallons of water was shuttled in just under 90 minutes. The fire was extinguished by the use of a 3 inch deck gun and several 1 3/4 inch hand lines and class b foam. The two exposures were saved with minor damage to one office trailer and no damage to office contents.

The fire started as a result of a brake fire on the trailer.

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