Vehicle fire on U.S. 40 stalls morning traffic |

Vehicle fire on U.S. 40 stalls morning traffic

TABERNASH — A vehicle fire closed down U.S. Highway 40 near Red Dirt Hill early Monday morning for about 45 minutes while firefighters responded to the emergency.

A volunteer firefighter of Grand Fire Protection District, or Granby Fire, was traveling eastbound on the highway to a job site for his employment when he came upon the stranded vehicle sending heavy smoke into the air.

The volunteer, Ron Thurston, immediately stopped and helped to stop the traffic in both directions. The fire started in the motor compartment of the white Toyota truck, with camper shell, and was spreading to the cab.

Smoke was creating poor visibility and drivers were trying to avoid an accident on the road before traffic was controlled, said Grand Fire Chief Ron Thompson.

Emergency responders including five firefighters arrived on scene with an engine and a tender and used 1,000 gallons of water to put out the fire, Thompson said. No one was injured during the emergency.

The incident was reported around 7:45 a.m. Stopped traffic that morning included mostly work commuters, school busses and students en-route to school.

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