Car hauler fire on 495 and other Fire Dept. updates

Above: The aftermath of a fire that caused major traffic problems yesterday morning. (Photo from Southborough Fire Department’s Facebook page)

I know some readers are wondering what happened on Route 495 North yesterday morning.

The interstate by Route 9 in Southborough was shutdown when a loaded car hauler caught fire. Complicating the emergency response was yesterday morning’s wild weather.

The fire and resulting traffic jams caught media attention. CBS Boston reported:

Just after 11 a.m. firefighters responded to a fire in the breakdown lane on the northbound side of the road near Route 9.

Heavy smoke could be seen pouring from the truck, and flames were shooting from the cab area of the vehicle. . .

Heavy traffic remained on I-495, Route 9 and the Mass Pike as a result of the fire, though the left two lanes were reopened just before 1 p.m.

The station posted pics of the fire you may want to check out here.

The Southborough Fire Department posted their perspective on the incident:

Southborough, Westborough & Hopkinton Fire Departments responded to a TT-Unit (car hauler) fire. No injuries but crews had to dodge a batch of severe weather during operations. Vehicles needed to be remove by Ted’s Towing to complete extinguishment. Large quantities of fuel spilled into the storm drains requiring a response from MassDEP. Great work by the members of the SFD, WFD & HFD

Posted by Southborough Fire Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

But emergency responses aren’t all that our firefighters have been up to of late. Here’s some other interesting posts by the SFD: 

Fire/Police memorial coming along nice. Shouldn’t be too much longer. Thank you to all that have helped out so far. We wouldn’t be where were are without so many people/businesses.

Posted by Southborough Fire Department on Saturday, June 20, 2015

FF Jason Roach and FF Scott Navaroli spent the day teaching fire safety to the First Grade classes at Finn Schooll. Through the use of the Fire District 14 Fire Safety House, students were taught the importance of crawling low under smoke, evacuating the home, and having a meeting place outside. Firefighters go to the school four times a year and teach Kindergarten and First Grade students about the importance of not playing with matches & lighters, stop, drop & roll, and escaping the home in the event of a fire.

Posted by Southborough Fire Department on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For more posts, check out SFD’s Facebook page.

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