Furniture burned in New Year’s Eve semi blaze

Firefighters remove burning furniture from a trailer that caught fire on Interstate 70 on New Year’s Eve. Courtesy photo

New Year’s Eve started early for Grand County firefighters who responded to a tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 70 at milepost 187. The incident occurred just before 2:30 a.m. Dec. 31, said Thompson Springs Fire Chief Mark Marcum in an email.

The driver was hauling furniture, which burned for hours before firefighters from the Moab Valley and Thompson Springs fire departments removed all of the smoldering material, a job made more difficult, said Marcum, due to a temperature of 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Marcum said he was thankful that a Grand County Sheriff’s deputy arrived to help fight the fire. No injuries were reported to the driver, who disconnected the trailer from the truck, or to first responders.

Grand County Sheriff’s deputies, Utah Highway Patrol troopers and officers with the Utah Department of Transportation also responded, he said.