Semitractor catches fire on Southern Parkway

ST. GEORGE — A semitractor caught fire on state Route 7, drawing emergency responders to extinguish the blaze.

A semitractor caught fire on Utah state Route 7 Friday morning. By the time firefighters from the Washington City Fire Department arrived, the fire was fully involved, St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News
A semitractor caught fire on Utah state Route 7 Friday morning. By the time firefighters from the Washington City Fire Department arrived, the fire was fully involved, St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News

At approximately 10:55 a.m. Friday, emergency crews were notified of a semitractor (minus its trailer) on fire near mile marker 10 on the Southern Parkway, Washington City Fire Chief Matt Evans said.

When fire crews arrived, they found the vehicle fully involved. Despite the raging flames, firemen were able to extinguish the blaze within a matter of minutes.

“They got the fire out pretty quick,” Evan said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this point.

“The actual cause of the fire is still under investigation,” Evans said, adding that the vehicle was a complete loss and due to the intensity of the fire, it might be some time before the cause is known.

While fire crews attended to the blaze, Washington City Police officers restricted travel on state Route 7 to just the northbound lanes.

A semitractor caught fire on Utah state Route 7 Friday morning. By the time firefighters from the Washington City Fire Department arrived, the fire was fully involved, St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News
A semitractor caught fire on Utah state Route 7 Friday morning. By the time firefighters from the Washington City Fire Department arrived, the fire was fully involved, St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News

The semitractor was towed from the scene.

Washington City fire crews from stations 61 and 62 responded to the incident, as did Washington City Police and a Utah Department of Transportation Incident Management team.

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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