SWEETWATER COUNTY — Sweetwater County Fire District Number One tackled a truck fire this afternoon at 6:04 p.m. on Wyoming 430 around mile marker 6.
The truck was hauling molten sulfur to Simplot when Sulfur accumulation in the tank’s insulation caught fire, likely from friction.
Fire fighters arrived on scene used pry tools to expose the impacted area in order to spray low pressure water into the void between the outer shell and the inner containment vessel.
Then the fire fighters used thermal imaging devices to confirm the fire was out. And hand checked for any remaining hot spots.
Sweetwater County Fire District #1 Chief Jim Wamsley said that this type of incident happens yearly and is likely a by-product of the loading procedure. No hazardous material was released and there was no danger to the public.
Wamsley said the air brakes on the trailer needed to be repaired by a mechanic working road side before the trailer was towed off and the sulfur unloaded. After watching the trailer for a couple days for potential hidden hot spots it will likely be repaired and reused.
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and Sweetwater Medics also responded as a precaution.