Fire strikes semis at truck stop

WEATHERSFIELD — Firefighters are investigating a blaze at the Petro Truck Stop at Interstate 80 and Salt Springs Road early Friday that destroyed three tractor-trailers and their cargo.

According to a report from the Trumbull County 911 Center, the fire started started about 12:13 a.m. in one truck and spread to two others, including a carrier of cars.

There were no injuries, but the 911 report noted a driver lost everything, including his wallet, identification and money. The man escaped the fire only with a pair of pajama pants and no shoes. The area Red Cross was contacted and the agency provided assistance to the victim, the report said.

One of the semis was owned by Moore Trucking and the report said that truck was destroyed along with half its cargo.

The report states that about 400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at the scene and Trumbull County HAZMAT was also called to the scene, along with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to a report from Tribune Chronicle news partner WKBN 27, at least one person was inside one of the trucks. Tony Price, from Kensington, Pa., said he pulled one person from a burning truck.

“I started waking everybody up, getting them out of there,” Price told WKBN. “I was banging on his truck and he comes popping out while his truck is on fire.”

Attempts to contact township fire Chief Randy Pugh about possible causes or damage estimates were unsuccessful.

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