By Scooter MacMillan, Editor
In just over a month, there have been two fuel truck fires on Route 7 near Charlotte.
The most recent was Wednesday afternoon, July 5, on Route 7 at Patton Woods Road just north of Horsford Garden and Nursery.
On June 1 a fuel tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire resulting in a huge conflagration about 6 miles south of Charlotte near Dakin Road in Ferrisurgh. That truck was a complete loss.
The more recent fire was a tractor-trailer hauling diesel headed north when its breaks caught fire.
Charlotte fire chief Justin Bliss said fire fighters were on the scene in three minutes after getting the call.
“The fire was under control in 20 minutes and crews observed the tanker for another 30 minutes to verify the fire was out. No other vehicles were involved, and no injuries were reported,” Bliss said.
He applauded the Charlotte Fire and Rescue Service for its quick response, saying that it is a great achievement to have gotten there that quickly with a volunteer fire department.
The incident started with the 68-year-old driver noticing smoke come from the trailer tires. As he pulled off the road a fire started in the right back wheel well, according to WCAX.
The driver was able to detach the trailer from the truck, avoiding worse damage.