Big-rig fire near Templin Highway sparks tiny blaze

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
A big rig traveling southbound through the Grapevine on Friday morning caught fire near Templin Highway, sparking a small brush fire. Shortly after 6:45 a.m., motorists notified the California Highway Patrol of a semi truck on fire at the right shoulder of the southbound lanes of Interstate-5. Firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the incident at 6:49 a.m., Fire Department spokesman Brian Beltran said. “At 7:04 a.m., the CHP notified us that the tractor trailer was fully engulfed in fire,” he said. A minute later, firefighters arrived at the scene and began extinguishing the vehicle fire. “At that point there was no indication the fire had spread to the brush,” Beltran said. Within a couple of minutes, however, firefighters reported a 20-foot by 20-foot fire in the grass near the incident, he said. The grass fire was extinguished by 7:51 a.m., Beltran said. Paramedics treated at least one person at the scene and, although they did not take anyone to the hospital, a private ambulance was requested. All southbound lanes of I-5 were shut down for about 15 minutes.   661-287-5527   On Twitter @jamesarthurholt