Fire destroys fuel tanker at KC truck stop

Firemen from North Callaway and Central fire protection districts battled a gasoline tanker truck fire at the Petro Truck Stop in Kingdom City for about one hour Wednesday afternoon. The fire started in the cab and spread to the empty tanker when a rubber tire below the front of the gasoline transport tank caught fire, burning a hole into the tanker.

Firemen from North Callaway and Central fire protection districts battled a gasoline tanker truck fire at the Petro Truck Stop in Kingdom City for about one hour Wednesday afternoon. The fire started in the cab and spread to the empty tanker when a rubber tire below the front of the gasoline transport tank caught fire, burning a hole into the tanker. Contributed photo

About 15 firemen from North Callaway and Central fire protection districts battled a gasoline tanker truck fire for about one hour Wednesday afternoon at the Petro Truck Stop in Kingdom City.

“We were lucky the gasoline tanker was empty instead of being full. But it still created a lot of fire and smoke that could be seen several miles away,” said Ronnie Huff of the Central Fire Protection District.

Sterling Mitchell of the North Callaway Fire Protection District said a rubber tire under the tanker caught fire and burned a hole in the empty gasoline transport tank.

The fire was reported at 12:36 p.m. Wednesday. Huff said when firemen arrived they assumed the tanker truck parked about 75 yards from the Iron Skillet restaurant at the Petro truck stop was full of gasoline.

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