At 1:49 in the afternoon (Wed, May 10th) Mahwah fire companies 2 and 4 were dispatched to interstate 287 NB, MM 67.1 on the report of a truck fire.
Within moments of the dispatch, PD units called off at the scene and confirmed the working tractor trailer fire with the tractor being fully engulfed and fire spreading to the trailer. The driver was also safely out of the truck.
Hearing this, Asst. Chief Loreto (140) requested that Co 1 be added to the dispatch along with Co 5 for their tanker (there are no accessible hydrants in this area).
Squad 2, Engine 217 and Engine 117 arrived within moments of each other and began their fire attack with two handlines. By this point, the tractor had completely burned down and the saddle tanks were exposed, which added burning diesel fuel to the incident.
Due to the volume of fire, 140 requested additional tankers from Franklin Lakes and Rockland county. With 3 Engines on scene, there was enough tank water to sustain the fire attack until tankers began arriving.
The main bulk of the fire was knocked down inside 20 minutes, leaving only small pockets of fire needing to be mopped up.
All told, it took just over 2 hours to extinguish the fire and clear the scene.
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