U-Haul Truck Catches Fire On I-5 North In Castaic, Starts Brush Fire
A vehicle fully engulfed in flames on the I-5 North near Parker Road in Castaic started a brush fire on the freeway shoulder at approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials confirmed.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of a U-Haul truck full of household goods that was fully engulfed in flames in the far right lane of the freeway at 1:39 p.m., CHP officials said.
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The fire quickly spread to the brush on the freeway shoulder and burned approximately an eighth of an acre before it was knocked down by Los Angeles County firefighters at 2:01 p.m., said Rey Dong, Fire Department dispatch supervisor.
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There were no reported injuries and the cause of the vehicle fire is unknown, he said.
CHP officers closed the far right lane of the freeway while firefighters and California Department of Transportation officials responded to the scene.
Caltrans officials were still “cleaning up” the scene at approximately 2:45 p.m., according to Dong, and traffic remained backed up.
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