HazMat Team Responds To Fire Aboard Semi Carrying Batteries

Las Vegas, NV – A small fire broke out aboard a semitrailer carrying pallets of used batteries on Interstate 15 Wednesday, according to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.

The truck stopped about 4:40 p.m. on I-15 southbound before Charleston Boulevard after light smoke appeared to be coming from the trailer, fire department spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

The fire department responded and escorted the truck to a vacant lot near Wall Street and Western Avenue so the trailer could be opened at a safer, less-populated location.

The department’s hazmat team went inside the trailer, and they found a light haze and an apparently wet floor. Firefighters who went into the trailer were located a small fire on a pallet and extinguished it.

No injuries were reported in the incident, and the truck didn’t suffer any major damage, he said.

The wet floor appeared to be from a leaking battery, though it’s unclear exactly how the fire began.

Crews were cleaning up the trailer and putting all contaminated material into hazmat drums.