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Roaring blaze destroys semi-trailer loaded with tires at I-75 rest area

Multiple Marion County Fire Rescue crews scrambled to a rest area on Interstate 75 late Tuesday afternoon as a roaring fire destroyed a semi-trailer.

Multiple crews from Marion County Fire Rescue battled a blaze Tuesday afternoon that destroyed a semi-trailer loaded with tires at an Interstate 75 rest area.

Firefighters received multiple 911 calls shortly before 4 p.m. and when they arrived at the rest area at Mile Marker 346, they found the trailer, loaded with tires, fully involved in flames.

The driver of the truck had been able to disconnect the trailer and pull the cab away to a safe distance from the fire. He was not injured in the blaze.

An additional three engine companies and three water tankers were dispatched to assist in fighting the fire. Crews from Friendship Fire Station 21, Liberty Station 32, Marion Oaks Station 24, Golden Ocala Station 20 and Shady Station 16 arrived on scene and quickly deployed hose lines. Residents and travelers were urged to use caution on the interstate, as traffic quickly slowed and backed up near the incident.

Engines from multiple Marion County fire stations were called to battle a blaze late Tuesday afternoon in a semi-trailer parked at an Interstate 75 rest area.

A fast-moving blaze ravaged a semi-trailer loaded with tires Tuesday at the rest area at Mile Marker 346 on Interstate 75.

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