A huge fire consumed a semi-tractor trailer Friday evening, closing down Interstate 57 for about four hours. No injury was reported. But the blaze, involving a cargo of deep-fry corn oil, did just that ---fried the semi and trailer.
Ashkum Fire Chief Jeff Glenn said "it was a spectacular fire." Ashkum, Gilman and Chebanse Fire answered the call. Emergency crews had to weave their way thru southbound traffic to get to the scene.
Northbound traffic was re-routed to Route 45. Illinois State Police and IDOT assisted with traffic control.
The emergency call came in just after 6:30 pm. It was first dispatched as a van-type trailer fire with a food product. Chief Glenn said once observed, the intensity of the blaze saw the response go to a Class B foam application –in dealing with 40,000 pounds of corn oil in 2-gallon plastic jugs packaged in boxes.
Glenn said a decision was made not to move to the trailer of 8,000 gallons of water and 20 gallons of foam used to extinguish the fire, since the trailer was still leaking.