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Traffic in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 was stopped for an hour and a half Wednesday afternoon while firefighters from three departments extinguished a tractor trailer cargo fire.
Kristy Rose of Dudley was en route from Norfolk loaded with rolls of steel for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Fayetteville when she pulled off the southbound land of I-95 just south of the N.C. 42 overpass at 1 p.m.
Her husband, Timothy Rose, a passenger in the vehicle, said that motorists in passing vehicles blew their horns at the couple to alert them that one of their tires was on fire. The fire quickly spread from underneath the trailer to its inside.
“They said that a tire had blown out, and by the time we pulled over, it was on fire,” Kristy Rose said. “We took the emergency fire extinguisher to try to put it out, but it went from one tire to the other and it was too late.”
The truck is owned by Levi’s Trucking LLC of Faison.
The steel was to be used in the manufacture of steel-belted radial tires.
Neither of the Roses was injured.
“My feelings and my heart were injured,” Kristy Rose said.
According to Chief Jimmy Miller of the Rock Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, at least seven trucks and about 30 firefighters from Rock Ridge, Contentnea and Kenly fire departments responded to the scene.
Miller said the front of the 53-foot trailer was fully involved when the first crews arrived.
“We got cooling around the outside and then went around and opened the back to extinguish the fire,” Miller said. “It was fully involved in the front part and full of heavy smoke.”
Firefighters climbed in the back, crawling over boxes to reach the fire inside.
“They did a good job,” Miller said. “Nobody hurt. The driver was OK, and everybody’s good.”
Kristy Rose was effusive telling the firefighters how grateful she was.
“I just want to thank them for having a quick response and for saving not just me and him and all these people because people just kept coming through,” Rose said. “They acted like it was just a trash fire or something so somebody could have greatly gotten hurt. Tires blowing off the tractor and people still coming through. I am thankful, very thankful.”
Miller said the North Carolina Highway Patrol assisted in stopping the traffic so firefighters could put out the fire.