Semi burns on South Main Street


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The tractor portion of a tractor-trailer was destroyed in a fire on South Main Street in front of Dairy Queen early Thursday morning, July 7.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that had engulfed the cab of a semi tractor-trailer on Thursday morning.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette A Leitchfield firefighter examines the remains of a burned semi tractor.


A semi truck burst into flames on South Main Street in Leitchfield on Thursday morning, July 7.

Shortly after 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, the Leitchfield Fire Department (LFD) and Leitchfield Police Department responded to South Main Street in front of Dairy Queen and discovered the tractor portion of a tractor-trailer engulfed in flames.

Leitchfield firefighters contained the blaze to the tractor, preventing it from spreading to the trailer, and extinguished the flames in about 10 minutes, according to Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall.

The tractor-trailer, driven by Jermaine Ziglor, of Atlanta, GA, and owned by Carolina Logistics, was transporting cases of water and had been picked up on Monday, July 4 after having repair work done for leaking oil, Duvall said.

Prior to the blaze, the tractor started leaking oil again under the engine compartment, which is believed to have sparked the fire, and Ziglor pulled off the highway at the Leitchfield exit.

Ziglor was uninjured, having exited the tractor before it burst into flames, and no injuries were reported.

Some diesel fuel leaked out of the burned tractor-trailer, but, Duvall said, it was contained and dealt with.

The LFD cleared the scene of the fire at around 6:35 a.m.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The tractor portion of a tractor-trailer was destroyed in a fire on South Main Street in front of Dairy Queen early Thursday morning, July 7.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Semi-Fire-1.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The tractor portion of a tractor-trailer was destroyed in a fire on South Main Street in front of Dairy Queen early Thursday morning, July 7.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that had engulfed the cab of a semi tractor-trailer on Thursday morning.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Semi-Fire-2.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that had engulfed the cab of a semi tractor-trailer on Thursday morning.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette A Leitchfield firefighter examines the remains of a burned semi tractor.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Semi-Fire-3.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette A Leitchfield firefighter examines the remains of a burned semi tractor.

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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