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    Default 2 truck fires in two days

    Marlborough Firefighters were kept busy with two tractor trailer truck fires in two days.

    The first one was at 00:30 hours on Thursday, July 1st, 2004 on Interstate 290 Eastbound for a tractor trailer load of newsprint that caught fire when a tire blew and the friction from the blown tire ignited the trailer. 2 engines, the Rescue and a mutual aid tanker from the town of Berlin responded to the scene. 3 firefighters and and offcier were called in to man a reserve engine at Station 2 to cover the West District.

    On July 2, a tractor trailer unit loaded with hay caught fire and burned on Interstate 495 Southbound. A full department recall was initiated to man the reserve engines and for additional manpower to allow for rehab and crew rotation. 3 engine companies were used at the scene to relay pump from a hydrant at the Elm Street bridge to the fire scene. A front end loader from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Highway Department and a backhoe from the Marlborough Department of Public Works were brought in to break up the 700+ bales of hay. A dispoal company was sent to the scene with six 40 yard roll off dumpsters to remove the burnt hay and wet remnnants of same. The Massachusetts State Police had the entire Southbound lanes on I 495 shut down for over 3 hours. One lane was opened at approximately 13:00 hours to allow traffic to move (at one point, the backup from the traffic went as far as the Lowell Connector, some 25+ miles away)

    The incident was recalled at 15:00. There were no injuries.
    Last edited by CaptainGonzo; 07-02-2004 at 05:27 PM.
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