News short: Semi carrying pigs catches fire on I-15

ST. GEORGE – The cab of a semitrailer carrying a load of pigs caught fire late Monday night while traveling on southbound Interstate 15 near Arizona milepost 29.

St. George and Beaver Dam fire departments responded to a semitrailer carrying pigs when the cab of the truck caught fire. Interstate 15 southbound at the Utah-Arizona border, Aug. 24, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
St. George and Beaver Dam fire departments responded to a semitrailer carrying pigs when the cab of the truck caught fire. Interstate 15 southbound at the Utah-Arizona border, Aug. 24, 2015 | Photo by Michael Durrant, St. George News

Firefighters from St. George and Beaver Dam fire departments were dispatched to the scene around 10:50 p.m. when the driver of a Peterbilt truck carrying livestock reported that the cab of the semi was on fire.

The driver began making efforts to detach the cab from the trailer to protect the pigs inside.

“We understood that there was animals onboard,” Beaver Dam Fire Chief Jeff Hunt said. “We didn’t know what the animals were.”

The St. George Fire Department was asked to respond to the scene, Hunt said, because the department had a fire engine at milepost 2, a short distance away.

Semitrailer's cab after fire extinguished, the semitrailer was carrying pigs traveling Interstate 15 southbound at the Utah-Arizona border, Aug. 24, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
Semitrailer’s cab after fire extinguished, the semitrailer was carrying pigs traveling Interstate 15 southbound at the Utah-Arizona border, Aug. 24, 2015 | Photo by Michael Durrant, St. George News

“We got on scene,” Hunt said, “St. George Fire was here and had the fire taken out – put out, so we were able to just clear the scene.”

The fire was contained to the cab of the truck, Hunt said, and caused no damage to the trailer or the pigs it contained.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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6 Comments

  • fun bag August 25, 2015 at 10:20 am

    who doesn’t like smoked ham. Mhmm mmmm

  • beentheredonethat August 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

    And bacon! And ribs.

  • debbie August 25, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    poor babies, were saved so they could be killed..===============>>>>>say’s the bacon lover

  • mmsandie August 25, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Wow just had to bring the eggs for a feast, thanks for saving the piggies…

  • ffwife August 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Debbie … exactly what I was thinking. he he

  • Dexter August 25, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    If that happened in Mexico they would of saved the pigs and ate the family dog

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