POSTED: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 1:02pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 1:55pm
LONGVIEW — Longview Fire Officials tell KETK the fire occured just after 1:30 pm Friday on Interstate 20, when an 18-wheeler carrying several cars caught fire.
The driver of the truck noticed the fire and managed to pull over near the Estes Parkway exit and detach his cab before the fire spread.
There were multiple cars destroyed in the fire, and a small patch of grass was also burned.
Explosions were reported by nearby businesses, which officials say may have been caused by the tires and hydrolic lines on the cars.
No word on what might have sparked the fire, but officials say there were no injuries involved.
Traffic is down to one lane while authorities clear the scene, and is expected to be blocked for a few hours.
Westbound traffic is encouraged to exit at Eastman Rd. while the truck is removed from the road.
Longview Fire Department is on scene of a car fire in the middle of Interstate 20 in Longview.
Officials say the fire is near mile marker 596 near Martin Luther King Blvd.
Traffic is backing up and is being diverted to Eastman Rd.
Nearby businesses report hearing a loud explosion that shook the buildings.
No word on what injuries might be involved.
KETK has a crew in route and will provide more information as it becomes available.