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Phoenix fire: Semi truck carrying 7k gallons of fuel catches on fire

Posted: 5:24 PM, Oct 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-14 09:22:24-04

Firefighters are investigating after a semi truck caught on fire in Buckeye. 

According to Phoenix fire officials, the semi truck, which was carrying more than 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel, caught on fire on the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 at the Miller Road off-ramp. 

Fire officials said the driver of the truck said the vehicle's brakes were "burning up" just before the fire started. 

Buckeye fire officials said the fire started in the tractor portion of the semi truck. All of the semi truck's rear tires were on fire when units first arrived at the scene. The fire did damage the trailer as well as the tractor, they said. 

The diesel fuel the semi truck was hauling will have to be removed and loaded onto another semi truck, which will take time and result in the closure of the westbound Miller Road exit for "awhile," fire officials said. 

There is no danger to the public, and there were no injuries to any firefighters or the driver of the semi truck. 

All lanes are now open, as of 6 a.m. Friday, including the westbound Miller Road exit.