Investigators seek cause of fire that destroyed three trucks at 49er truck stop

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Monday, December 01, 2014

Investigators are still looking into what caused a fire that destroyed three diesel tractors Saturday night at a truck stop in Sacramento, Calif.

Firefighters with the Sacramento Fire Department were called to 49er Truck Stop near Interstate 80 and West El Camino Avenue around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 in response to a call that two trucks were on fire.

According to fire department spokesman Roberto Padilla, when emergency responders arrived on the scene at the truck stop, they found two tractors “fully involved” with the flames spreading to a third.

“Our firefighters did a quick job in recognizing the potential this fire had,” he said in a phone interview with “Land Line Now.” “A lot of people don’t understand that these big rigs or tractor-trailers carry large fuel tanks. Also the container boxes can be full of hazardous materials, or simply just very flammable materials.”

Padilla said none of the tractors that were destroyed had trailers hitched to them, but he did say that other container boxes nearby were at risk of igniting. The three power units that caught on fire were considered a total loss. There were no injuries reported.

“Unfortunately, while three of these tractor trailers were destroyed, we were able to save multiple others,” he said. “So we’re happy with that outcome.”

Padilla said the investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the blaze.

“Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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