Tractor-trailer fire shuts down bridge; Dryer fire evacuates jail
A tractor-trailer that caught fire this morning on the U.S. 90 bridge caused the bridge to be shut down for about three hours, and a dryer fire at the City Jail caused inmates to be evacuated, Morgan City Assistant Fire Chief John Price said.
The department received a call at 3:38 a.m. today of fire and smoke coming from an 18-wheeler on the U.S. 90 bridge in Morgan City, Price said. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Firefighters arrived on scene at 3:39 a.m. to see the cab of the truck fully involved in flames, Price said. The last truck cleared the scene at 6:34 a.m. The highway was shut down during that time due to firefighting efforts, he said.
The trailer of the 18-wheeler appeared to have incurred no damage, Price said. “The guys protected it,” he said. The cause of the fire is believed to have been due to a mechanical malfunction, he said.
Firefighters also received a report at 10:14 a.m. today of a dryer fire at the jail, Price said. The fire was contained to the dryer, but the jail was evacuated while it was extinguished, he said. When firefighters left the scene at 11:16 a.m., no injuries had been reported, Price said.