July 20, 2017 – Town of Polk, WI – The Jackson Fire responded to a vehicle fire on Tuesday, July 18 at the northbound Pleasant Valley Road off ramp and USH 45.
Upon arrive firefighters found a 1-ton truck owned by a company that does crack sealing. The truck was towing a hot tar kettle and was loaded with gasoline tanks along with some LP gas tanks and blocks of tar, one of which was attached to a blow-torch device.
The work crew had removed the gas tanks and loose LP tanks by the time the Jackson Fire crew arrived.
Apparently the fire started in the engine compartment of the truck and spread to the cab.
Jackson FD was able to extinguish the fire prior to any impingement to the LP tank on the box area of the truck.
The truck was destroyed, however due to a good firefighting approach the fire was extinguish before any damage happened to the trailer, which was towed away by another company vehicle.
Large plumes of thick, black smoke were seen from Paradise Drive while the truck was burning.
Video courtesy Tony Herrera.