Firefighters used over 6,000 gallons of water to extinguish a car hauler and burning electric vehicle this past week after the transport burst into flames on Interstate 24.
According to reports from the Haletown Volunteer Fire Department, the department assisted Jasper Highlands, South Pittsburg and Monteagle fire departments in responding the interstate blaze just after noon last Wednesday. When they arrived at the scene of the fire near mile marker 144, they found the car hauler ablaze along with some of its load.
“Firefighters struggled with the blaze due to the car on fire being an electric vehicle with a ruptured main battery,” the fire department reported, noting it took over 6,000 gallons of water to fully extinguish the burning electric vehicle.
Converted into pounds, the water used to extinguish the fire weighed over 41,000 pounds. No one was injured in the fire and some of the load was reportedly saved thanks to the quick work of the combined fire fighting force.