CFS crews fight to extinguish semitrailer fire near Auburn

CFS crews responding to a truck fire near Auburn yesterday afternoon.
CFS crews responding to a truck fire near Auburn yesterday afternoon.

A semitrailer caught fire near Auburn on Wednesday afternoon after a mechanical fault caused the truck's engine to ignite and quickly engulf its cab and trailer.

About eight Country Fire Service units responded to the fire just after 4pm and called in resources from nearby regional stations – including units from the Clare and Gilbert Valleys.

CFS Incident Controller Neville Attenborough said due to the weather and location of the fire, many CFS crews were asked to respond to ensure spot fires did not get out of control.

“(It was kind of a big deal) because the grass paddock was on fire as well,” Mr Attenborough said.

The Jacka Bros truck's trailer was loaded with 20 pallets of Taylors Wines cardboard wine boxes which ignited and caused large embers to be blown into a nearly field. 

CFS crews and local farmers helped respond to these spot fires by cutting an access path through the property’s fence, observing and extinguishing any grass fire quickly with utility vehicles fitted with firefighting equipment.

CFS crews putting out a spot-fires caused by embers being blown from a nearby semitrailer fire.

CFS crews putting out a spot-fires caused by embers being blown from a nearby semitrailer fire.

Third-generation winemaker and managing director of Taylors Wines Mitchell Taylor said he was grateful to the emergency services for their quick response, which did a “terrific job” and quickly cleaned up and reopened the road leading to their winery.

“The safety of the team at Taylors and our suppliers is incredibly important, so we’re happy to hear everyone left the scene unscathed,” Mr Taylor said.

“Shame about the cartons, but at the end of the day, it can all be replaced.”

Approximately 40,000 litres of water was used by the CFS crews to extinguish the blaze on the vehicle alone.

Mr Attenborough said the CFS also deployed two bulk water carriers due to the lack of water access available to firefighters at the scene, ensuring all units had adequate water on hand.

SA Police also attended the scene.

Senior Constable John Nickolai of Clare Police Station said at the time of the fire, it was not being treated as suspicious.

Senior Constable Nickolai also confirmed the driver of the semitrailer and all emergency services crews were safe and uninjured.