Burning trailer sets prairie afire
by C.F. David
A burning reefer trailer hauling boxed beef created a grass fire that burned several acres of grass and threatened at least one home Tuesday night at about 8 p.m.
A Purple Sage Freight truck and trailer was northbound on Highway 287 about 10 miles south east of Boise city when the trailer caught fire.
“The driver wasn't sure what happened,” said Cimarron County Sheriff Keith Borth. “He stopped back down the road and caught up his log book, pulled back on the road. He heard a loud pop and stopped to see what was wrong. The next thing he knew the trailer was on fire,” Borth added.
The fire jumped from the trailer into the ditch and went across the grassland, moving north and east.
As the fire consumed the trailer, the tank holding diesel for the refrigeration unit ruptured and flared, sending burning fuel down the roadside.
In the mean time- the dry grass in the pastures fed the flames as a slight breeze from the west pushed it toward a home owned by J.T. Cryer.
Fire units from Boise City, Keyes, Griggs and Stratford, Texas, fought the blaze.
Nearby Cimarron Feeders made water available to the fire units and sent a tanker truck.
Road graders from Cimarron County District Two also joined the fight.
Several hundred cars and trucks clogged the roadway until Sheriff's Officers and Highway Patrol Troopers released them.
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