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Firefighters called twice to scene of same incident

Aug 28, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Riverton firefighters were called twice Saturday to a fire involving a tractor-trailer combination at a local truck stop.

The initial call came in at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the 800 block of South Federal Boulevard. Fire chief Mike Hutchison said an electrical problem in the sleeper portion of the tractor cab set the interior of the truck ablaze.

The driver of the truck extinguished most of the flames before crews arrived on scene, Hutchison said.

"He was able to knock most

of it down with a fire extinguisher, and somebody that was nearby there had a fire extinguisher also that they used," he said.

Regardless, the interior of the cab was damaged, with upholstery melting off of the walls and a hole burned through the fiberglass in the truck's sleeping area.

Hutchison said clothing and other items were removed from the cab during the initial incident, and those were what caught fire later in the day.

"There was some clothing that was still smoldering," Hutchison said. "(The trucker) apparently thought it was all out, and he stacked it up on the back of the truck behind the sleeper."

Crews were called back to the truck stop at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday to douse the pile of clothing. Hutchison said the second blaze burned through some airlines on the back of the tractor. No one was injured in either incident.

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