Fire destroyed two milk-transport 18-wheelers and damaged a third at Carpenter Milk Services on U.S. Hwy. 377 about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Stephenville City Fire investigator, Gregg Schrumpf said, “We dispatched two engines, an ambulance and a fire investigator – myself – and we arrived at the scene at 1:10 a.m. on Sept. 14. The fire appears to have started in the middle tractor and spread to the one on its right. It was parked closer than the third one.
“Those two tractors were fully engulfed when we arrived and the third was just starting to burn. We were able to suppress the third one and extinguish the first two, but those two were totally destroyed.”
A spokesman for Carpenter Milk Service who wished to remain anonymous said, “None of us were here at that time of day of course, but I talked to someone that was here, and he said the frames on the two trucks that were totaled were glowing red hot, so it was really intense. The fire department did a great job of keeping it from getting worse.”
Schrumpf said the Stephenville Police Department temporarily shut down Business 377.
“This fire is still under investigation,” Schrumpf said, “but at this time there don’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances.”