Firefighters rush to extinguish fully engulfed big rig


Firefighters dispatched a water tender to bring additional firefighting capacity to a fully engulfed big rig on Interstate 5 near Lyons Avenue Monday evening. 

According to Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Arnold Anolin, they received a call for service at approximately 8 p.m. Firefighters dispatched an engine to the scene, but quickly called for supplemental water. 

Fire Station 156, in Valencia, dispatched its crew and a water tender capable of holding 2,000 gallons of water for the fully engulfed big rig. 

At approximately 8:28 p.m., Anolin said firefighters were on the scene trying to extinguish the flames. 

According to California Highway Patrol officer Elizabeth Kravig, the CHP issued a SigAlert notifying drivers that lanes three and four on the southbound Interstate 5 had been closed down for two hours. 

CHP officer Edgar Figueroa said the driver was out of the big rig and no one was injured or transported to a nearby hospital.  

After the fire was extinguished, the California Department of Transportation issued a hard closure of that portion of Interstate 5 at approximately 9:41 p.m. to clear out the big rig and additional debris. 

The area was reopened for drivers at 1:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Figueroa added. 

Kravig said they were investigating as to what caused the big rig to catch on fire. 

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