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Tractor trailer fires close Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia

West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – A tractor trailer fire with a fuel spill closed Sunset Boulevard near I-26 Sunday afternoon. The fire occurred near the McDonalds on the West Columbia side of the interstate.

The fire was reported approximately 2:30 p.m. When West Columbia’s fire department was dispatched, the crews were advised that the truck was well involved. While enroute, the officer of the crew requested an engine respond from the county’s Corley Mill station for backup.

When West Columbia’s first due apparatus arrived on the scene, they reported that the tractor portion of the truck was fully involved. A senior officer from WCFD went enroute, and when he arrived on the scene he advised that the truck was spilling diesel fuel in the road. He asked that the county respond with their haz-mat equipment out of Round Hill to contain the spill. Ladder 9 out of Oak Grove and the battalion chief that covers the region also were dispatched.

The fire required the closing of the McDonalds and Sunset Boulevard for a period. Law enforcement assisted with the traffic that quickly backed up as the firefighters used special materials and equipment to stop the fuel from spreading.

Eventually, the fire was put out and the fuel was stopped from leaking. Sunset Boulevard was re-opened at that point.

The cause of the fire and the name of the owner of the truck were not released by fire and police officials.

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