WCFR respond to a fire and Haz-Mat incident

Warren County Fire and Rescue Logo. Used by permission by Warren County Deputy Director of Emergency Services Brian Foley

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) report their response to a fire and Haz-Mat situation early April 30.

Personnel responded to a commercial vehicle fire and Haz-Mat incident on Route 66 west mile marker 1 just past 2 A.M. April 30.

On arrival firefighters found a tractor trailer cargo on fire bellowing dense black smoke.

The cargo consisted of approximately 4,700 gallons of aircraft grade hydraulic oil.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly but worked to ensure and contain any product or fire suppression run off from affecting adjoining property.

During fire suppression efforts Route 66 west was initially closed completely for approximately 2 hours.

Eventually a single lane was opened with a temporary delay and backup during the cleanup and abatement process.

Both the Virginia Departments of Emergency Management Hazardous Materials Office and Environmental Quality were called in and determined that all hazardous materials and fire suppression run off had been contained.

There was no threat to public land or waterways and no injures were reported in the incident.

Over 42,800 pounds of cargo was affected by the fire and needed to be offloaded.

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