Big-Rig Bursts Into Flames in Kaufman County

Driver said check engine light came on, then he saw smoke

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 6:21 AM CDT
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The driver of a big-rig in Kaufman County, Texas, says his check engine light came on shortly before smoke was seen coming from his engine. Moments later, the cab of his 18-wheeler was engulfed in flames.  In this video, firefighters can be seen battling the blaze.

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The driver of a big-rig in Kaufman County, Texas, says his check engine light came on shortly before smoke was seen coming from his engine. Moments later, the cab of his 18-wheeler was engulfed in flames. In this video, firefighters can be seen battling the blaze.

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The Terrell Volunteer Fire Department bravely battled a large fire along state Highway 34 Monday night.

The fire was reported at about 9 p.m., about three miles north of Terrell in rural Kaufman County.

Firefighters had to shut down traffic in both directions along the highway after arriving to find an 18-wheeler engulfed in flames.

Multiple engines were called to assist in battling the fire, which took more than an hour to get under control.

The driver of the big-rig told officials he was headed north on Highway 34 when his check engine light came on.  He said he then pulled to the side of the road, opened the hood and spotted smoke.  He grabbed his fire extinguisher, but it was too late and he retreated to safety.

There were no injuries reported in connection with the fire.

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