Corn-hauling semi loses tractor in Saturday fire
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
For the second consecutive Saturday, firefighters from Imperial and Lamar responded to a semi-trailer fire near Lamar.
About 7 p.m. Saturday night, both volunteer fire departments responded to a report of a semi-trailer on fire along Highway 6 and the Ave 316 intersection.
As with the call Nov. 22, the semi owned by M Newman Farms of Holyoke, Colo., was also hauling grain, this time a load of corn.
Driver Mark Newman was westbound on Highway 6 en route to Scoular Grain Co. on the state line when he smelled smoke and the truck died, said Imperial Fire Chief Nick Schultz.
He was able to coast the rig off the highway onto Ave 316, according to the report, where he evacuated. A fire was burning in the engine, and probably was electrical-related, he said.
Lamar’s quick attack unit was first on the scene and had it under control when Imperial’s quick attack arrived and helped douse the fire.
The entire tractor was destroyed and burned so intensely that even the floor was burned, Schultz said. However, the trailer and load of corn were undamaged.
After the tractor was disconnected, another semi-tractor brought to the scene by M Newman Farms hooked onto the trailer to pull the corn load away.
The Chase County’s Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene.
On Nov. 22, a semi-trailer hauling popcorn, northeast of Lamar, lost its duals, trailer and possibly some of the crop in a fire.