Trucking Company Loses 13 Semi-Trucks In Parking Lot Fire
Green Bay, Wisconsin – A Green Bay-based trucking company lost as many as 13 semi-trucks in a fire at its terminal Sunday night according to the company’s president.
Contract Transport Services (CTS) President Curt Reitz confirmed on Monday that the trucking company suffered a total loss of as many as 13 semi-trucks in a fire that began in a parked semi-truck at its terminal located at 1634 Cofrin Drive.
“We were able to watch surveillance footage and we know the truck had been sitting for 24 hours prior to the fire. So, it hadn’t even been running on Sunday,” Reitz said according to local news outlet Action News 2.
The Green Bay Metro Fire Department (GBMFD) said some of the burning trucks were powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).
Safety relief valves vented gas during the fire, as they are designed to do, and that caused jets of flames, officials said.
Venting the gas releases pressure and keeps the tanks from exploding when they heat up.
“Because there’s a fire going already, as soon as the gas tries to escape, the gas ignites. That looks really impressive from certainly up close and from a distance, but ultimately that’s what you want it to do,” GBMFD Asst. Chief Rob Goplin explained.
Firefighters were called to the scene just after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday after witnesses reported seeing plumes of black smoke and hearing explosions.
Crews were able to quickly contain the blaze to one area of the lot of parked semi-trucks.
However, not before as many as 13 semi-trucks were lost according to Reitz.
GBMFD officials reported the explosions were truck tires popping and not CNG tanks.
Officials evacuated the area until crews were able to safely secure it.
Reitz said he is thankful no one was injured because it could have been much worse.
“No employees were hurt, and that’s the most important part. The rest of the stuff can be replaced,” Reitz said.
On Tuesday, the company made the following comments on their Facebook page:
“We are conducting business as usual following the fire on Sunday night — thanks to many.
What seems like it would be a devastating hit to operations has become a catalyst for CTS to come back stronger yet. We greatly appreciate the outreach and support from the community and surrounding areas.”
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(Featured image courtesy of WLUK/Tim Flanigan)