Trailer fire

Somerton Cocopah firefighters extinguished a burning cargo trailer at Highway 95 and Avenue G on Wednesday afternoon. The pickup truck pulling it suffered minor damage to its tailgate, but the trailer and all of its contents, which included tortillas and pastries, were a total loss.

Somerton Cocopah firefighters were called to the scene of a burning cargo trailer at Highway 95 and Avenue G on Wednesday afternoon.

Capt. Javier Hernandez said when firefighters arrived on scene at about 4:23 p.m., the trailer was fully ingulfed in flames and parked underneath high voltage power lines.

Hernandez said firefighters quickly put out the fire on the front end of the trailer in order to save the pickup truck that was hauling it.

The pickup truck suffered minor damage to its tailgate but the trailer and all of its contents, which included tortillas and pastries, were a total loss.

The driver, according to Hernandez, stated he had mechanical issues with the trailer axle which had broken during transport and he pulled over to the side of the road to work on the trailer.

"The driver said he heard his rear axle break," Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the driver also told him that as he was taking the tire off the trailer another motorist told him black smoke was coming from the top of the trailer.

"The next thing he noticed was flames engulfing the whole trailer," Hernandez said.

The Rural Metro Fire Department assisted with an engine at the scene and the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Fire Department backfilled at the station while Somerton Cocopah firefighters were out on the call.

Somerton police officers also assisted with traffic control.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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