Corned beef trailer catches fire on Interstate 44

Trucker was carrying load of Jimmy Dean's

Brad Choat
April 06, 2019 - 5:23 pm
Trailer catches fire on Interstate 44 in Eureka, MO April 6, 2019

Eureka Fire Department photo


EUREKA, Mo. (KMOX) - "No injuries, just a lot of well-done corned beef."

That's what Eureka Fire Department spokesman Scott Barthelmass said about the tractor trailer fire that had lanes of eastbound Interstate 44 tied up near Antire Road from after six Saturday morning until nearly five in the afternoon.

Barhelmass says callers reported the brakes of the unit carrying a load of corned beef ignited first, then the whole trailer went up in flames.

He said it was a challenge to fight, "We're out there fighting it with just the water in our tanks, because there are no hydrants out there. That adds to the challenge. Then you have to overhaul the trailer and make sure the fire's completely out."

Crews from the Fenton and Metro-West fire departments provided mutual aid.

Barthelmass says he heard reports of a traffic backup of four miles at its peak.