Sheldon, Iowa — A semi tractor was damaged in a fire on Saturday afternoon in Sheldon.
According to Sheldon Assistant Fire Chief Brad Hindt, the Sheldon Fire Company was paged about 12:05 p.m. for a report of a semi-tractor on fire at the southbound exit 34 offramp of highway 60. That’s the Highway 18 exit near Sheldon Plaza.
When firefighters arrived, he says they found the back wheels of the tractor portion of the truck on fire. Assistant Chief Hindt credits the quick thinking of the truck driver for saving the trailer. He says the driver unhooked the trailer to prevent the fire from spreading to the trailer.
According to Hindt, firefighters used about 200 gallons of water and foam to put out the fire.
Hindt cites faulty brakes as the most likely cause of the fire.
He says 18 firefighters responded to the call along with the Sheldon Police Department. Hindt tells us that while they were finishing up with the fire call, the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team asked for assistance on a call at about 12:20 p.m. They were back in service about an hour later.