Firefighters work to extinguish a tractor-trailer fire on Thursday afternoon on John Marshall Highway near Interstate 81.

A fire destroyed a tractor-trailer hauling mulch near Strasburg on Thursday afternoon.

Strasburg volunteer fire and rescue agencies and the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to a call of a tractor-trailer on fire at approximately 3 p.m. that was parked on John Marshall Highway at Borden Mowery Drive, Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Loving said by phone Friday.

The driver, Eric Loy, with Hampshire Home Builders of Capon Bridge, West Virginia, had parked his tractor-trailer at a pull-off on John Marshall Highway, Loving said.

Loy and a co-worker stood near their vehicles talking about the rest of the day when Loy saw black smoke coming from the engine area of his tractor-trailer, Loving said.

Loy called 911 and fire and rescue crews responded to the scene within minutes, Loving said. Black smoke billowed from the vehicle. Crews brought the fire under control within an hour.

No one reported injuries, Loving said. The fire marshal estimated the blaze caused approximately $45,000 in damage. The blaze did not reach the cargo of pallets that had been shredded into mulch at a nearby facility, Loving said.

The Strasburg Fire Department and Strasburg Rescue Squad responded to the call along with the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, the Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department and the Star Tannery Volunteer Fire Department. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and the Strasburg Police Department provided traffic control and closed John Marshall Highway during the incident.

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