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Flat Tire Starts Multiple Fires

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash--  Multiple fires along I-82 in Benton County were started by just one flat tire. Sparks flying from a semi truck's flat tire caused the fires to start in three different locations.

The flames were burning right on the side of I-82 and it was dangerous for traffic. The first fire started near the Washington State Patrol weigh station, outside of Umatilla. Followed by one near Coffin Rd. exit and one near the Beck Rd. overpass. 

Benton County Sheriff's Deputies found semi tire debris on the westbound lanes. They say metal rubbed against metal creating sparks which started the fires. No one was injured, deputies say debris from trucks can be very dangerous.

"Any types of debris can fly off the wheel and go into a car passage, a motorcycle passing, or the heat and everything can cause a fire," said Sgt. Ron Sabin, Benton County Sherrif's Office.

Police say truckers need to be cautious and aware of smoke or anything unusual they see in their rear view mirrors.

Other drivers can also be helpful. If you see sparks on the highway, call 9-1-1. With the dry heat, all it takes is one spark to start a fire.

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