Fire at Texas travel center destroys five 18-wheelers

Fire early Wednesday at a Texas travel center destroyed five 18-wheelers.
Fire early Wednesday at a Texas travel center destroyed five 18-wheelers.(KFDA)
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 11:32 AM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – Amarillo Fire Department crews worked the scene of a fire involving multiple semi-trucks at a travel center off Interstate 40 early Wednesday.

The fire broke out just after 4 a.m. Wednesday at the Hana Travel Plaza on Interstate 40 just east of Amarillo.

After investigating at the scene, the Amarillo Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the fire was an equipment malfunction.

“We do have five trucks that are pretty much a total loss,” said fire department spokesman Cody Snyder.

Officials said one of the semi-trucks contained pool cleaner, an oxidizing agent, which caused it to create oxygen as it burned and “enhance the fire.”

Another truck was filled with recycled plastic, which Snyder said presents a challenge when extinguishing a fire.

One truck driver has been released from the hospital after being treated for minor burns.

“I saw from my passenger side door that the truck next to me was on fire, then [I noticed] my truck was on fire too,” said Orlando, driver of a truck that caught fire.

“I didn’t have time to get up and gather my things. Basically, I just jumped out my truck. I got some burns on my feet and my hands, but I’m really glad I’m alive.”

Officials said the fire caused toxic smoke due to the plastic materials.

The fire was under control by around 6:40 a.m. Wednesday.

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