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Ghent Fire Protection District responded to a semi-trailer on fire on I-71 N near Exit 44 Monday that closed down at least one of the northbound lanes for the evening.
The call was dispatched at 3:29 p.m. for a semi-truck tire on fire, but when firefighters arrived, it had extended into the trailer, Ghent Fire Chief Pat Stewart said. The truck was hauling what appeared to be plastic-cased vent fans, which would provide a lot of fuel for a fire, he said. He did not believe the cargo was a total loss.
The driver was not injured and was able to detach his truck from the trailer, Stewart said.
Ghent called for mutual aid from Worthville Volunteer Fire Department and Glencoe Volunteer Fire Department for water. Stewart said Ghent had three trucks and about 12 firefighters respond.
Emergency Operations Director Ed Webb said both northbound lanes were closed while the firefighters were on scene. At around 5:35 p.m., the fast lane was opened during the cleanup. Shortly before midnight, both lanes were closed and traffic was rerouted as M&M Towing backed the trailer down the Exit 44 entrance ramp. Both lanes were re-opened at about 12:32 a.m. Tuesday.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police also responded to the scene.