HUBER HEIGHTS — Multiple families had furniture and other personal belongings damaged after a moving truck caught fire on I-70 Monday afternoon.
“It ended up being a trailer full of furniture for more than one family and it was fully loaded,” said Michael Muhl, Battalion Chief at the Huber Heights Fire Department. “It was a brake problem with the trailer that started the fire.”
The fire was reported around 3:15 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the highway between the Brandt Pike exit and Bellefontaine Road.
The truck driver was transporting the trailer from Columbus to Colorado, according to investigators.
Muhl said the truck driver was able to get out of the vehicle safely, before the flames spread to the trailer.
“Everything was done appropriately,” Muhl said, adding that the driver tried to initially put out the fire with fire extinguishers.
The fire department was able to salvage a lot of the items being hauled. A large majority of the items were not damaged by the fire itself, but did have some smoke and water damage, Muhl said.
The department estimates that about $50,000 in damage was caused by the fire.
The highway was restricted for more than an hour while fire crews put out the flames.
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