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Tractor-Trailer Carrying Bacon, Ribs Catches Fire on Interstate. Let the One-Liners Begin.


A fire hose was damaged beyond repair by bacon grease.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (TheBlaze/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 Capt. Steve Grogg told the Cumberland Times-News 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, but Grogg says a fire hose was damaged beyond repair by bacon grease.

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.

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