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No injuries following semi fire

Staff photo / Ashley Fox Westbound traffic on Interstate 76 was down to one lane just west of the Bailey Road exit Thursday morning as crews cleaned up the remnants of a semi-tractor trailer fire. There were no injuries.

MILTON TOWNSHIP — There were no injuries reported after a semi-tractor trailer caught fire just after 1 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 76.

The semi was hauling tandem trailers when the driver noticed the engine was on fire, Milton fire Chief Harold Maynard said.

The fire happened west of the Bailey Road exit.

The driver was able to pull the truck off to the side of the highway, and run to safety, about 100 yards, Maynard said.

As crews arrived, the cab and one of the two trailers were engulfed. Firefighters worked to keep the second trailer from going up in flames.

Flammable items, automotive parts, fertilizers and 10,000 pounds of resin were included in the inventory, Maynard said.

One explosion did happen, tearing off the right side of a trailer.

A hazardous materials management crew and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency arrived to assess the scene. Traffic was down to one lane as crews worked to clean the area.

Maynard said Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.

Assisting Milton Township were Lordstown, North Jackson, Palmyra and Newton Falls fire departments, which provided tankers to help extinguish the fire, Maynard said.

He estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 gallons of water were used.

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