Firefighters on Thursday were able to save half a load of two-by-fours from a burning tractor-trailer on Interstate 295.

Gardiner Fire Lt. Rick Sieberg said the truck, which was bound for Pennsylvania, caught fire around 9 a.m. as it was driven south. There was no information on where the truck was coming from and the driver’s name was not available.

Nobody was injured in the blaze.

Sieberg said one of the truck’s tires blew up and the driver saw smoke. He pulled the truck onto the Interstate 295 on-ramp where he and other drivers tried to douse the blaze with fire extinguishers.

Gardiner firefighters arrived and were able to quench the fire in time to save four of the eight pallets of lumber, Sieberg said.

The tractor was not damaged, but the trailer itself was a total loss.

“It got hot enough that it actually made the trailer break,” Sieberg said.

He said southbound lanes were closed briefly while the lumber was offloaded and then reduced to one lane.

The turnpike authority lifted the travel alert shortly after 11 a.m.


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