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Truck fire causes slowdown on Loop 101 in East Valley

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A truck fire on northbound Loop 101 at Loop 202 created extremely slow driving conditions in the East Valley on Thursday morning.

The truck, which was pulling a trailer, caught fire shortly before 6:30 a.m. and blocked the two right lanes of northbound Loop 101.

CBS 5 visited Phoenix Fire Department's training facility for a demonstration on how vehicle fires are fought. Captain Jorge Enriquez said that firefighters will always approach the vehicle from the side.  Many of today's car parts, especially under the hood, are under compression and could turn into projectiles if firefighters were to approach from the front.  Captain Enriquez adds that upon arriving at a vehicle fire, the tires are often punctured so that they do not explode due to the extreme heat.

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