H-1 westbound lanes on airport viaduct reopened after tractor trailer fire

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Three westbound lanes of the H-1 Freeway Airport Viaduct were shut down for several hours Thursday after a tractor trailer fire.

The initial call came in at 11:06 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find the tractor engulfed in flames.

“Basically it looked like the truck burned down, literally the whole cab was burned and traffic was backed up all the way back,” said witness Ryan Shimada. “It just looked like the whole cab was burnt to a crisp. Basically it was just a shell at that point.”

The tractor fire was extinguished by 11:27 a.m., but upon further investigation, crews determined that office supplies in the shipping container had ignited from the heat of the fire.

Additional companies were dispatched to help extinguish the deep-seated fire. Crews used cutting tools to breech the container and access the burning contents.

The shipping container fire was extinguished by 1:18 p.m. The scene was cleared and all lanes reopened by 2:45 p.m.

The fire remains under investigation and the cause of the fire has not been determined.

The tractor and the contents of the trailer are considered to be a total loss. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

Despite the extent of the damage, no injuries were reported.

Officials say fighting the fire was tough on an elevated freeway with no water source. Crews were forced to shuttle trucks back and forth to supply water.

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