A semi pulling a dump truck caught fire just after mile marker 120 on Interstate 40 headed toward Menifee around 10:40 a.m. Friday.

Conway Fire Department (CFD) Battalion Chief Charles Prout said the semi suffered a mechanical problem in the engine, causing the semi to catch fire.

The driver called emergency repsonders after his attempts to extinguish the flames failed.

At one point, the semi was completely engulfed in flames, causing traffic to be backed up for about an hour, Prout said.

Because of his location, the Conway County Fire Department was initially informed of the incident. The CFD responded because it was closer.

No one was injured in the fire.

The semi was carrying three saddle tanks containing 80 gallons of diesel fuel and was the only vehicle involved in the incident. "[Rescue Crew One] made a small earth dam to catch the run off," Prout said. "The trailer did not burn."

It took a tank and a half of water to put out the flames, he said.

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