Extra crispy bacon, ribs: Truck carrying pork catches fire

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- Drivers on Interstate 68 may have smelled home cooking when a tractor-trailer carrying bacon, ribs and other pork products caught fire in Maryland.

Cumberland Fire Department Captain Steve Grogg tells the Cumberland Times-News (http://bit.ly/2cxf1Fe) that the truck caught fire Monday evening, shutting down eastbound traffic from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tanker trucks supplied water to put out the blaze and several area fire departments helped extinguish the fire.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

This was the third semitrailer fire in Cumberland in the past two weeks. Grogg says that as trucks come down a steep hill on I-68, the brakes get hot and catch on fire, which spreads to the trailer.

Grogg says a fire hose was damaged beyond repair by bacon grease.

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