Police & Fire

Trailer fire shuts I-30 Friday afternoon

CADDO VALLEY — No injuries or deaths were reported in a tractor-trailer fire that shut down traffic Friday afternoon on Interstate 30 in Clark County.

The Caddo Valley Fire Department was dispatched at about 1:43 p.m. to the 79 westbound mile-marker for a report of an 18-wheeler on fire; moments later, it was broadcast on police radio that the semi was fully engulfed.

Caddo Valley Fire Chief Christopher Sparks told The Arkadelphian the cause of the blaze was unknown, and that the truck was hauling barrels of liquid sealant used for roofing.

The Arkadelphia and Ouachita fire departments were summoned to assist at the scene. Both westbound lanes were shut for a little over an hour as crews worked to extinguish the blaze, Sparks said. Fire crews were at the scene for two and a half hours.

Meanwhile, in Caddo Valley’s city limits, a three-car pileup was reported as traffic was re-routed along Highway 67.