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Semi fire on US 24 closes highway several hours
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014 9:57 AM

CECIL – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a commercial vehicle fire on U.S. 24 near U.S. 127 near Cecil, in Crane Township.

At 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, the Crane Township Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial semi-truck fire.

A 2013 Kenworth Semi driven by Jaspal Dosanjh, age 33, of Brampton, Ontario, was eastbound on U.S. 24 when he observed smoke coming from the trailer. He pulled onto the side of the road and observed that the rear tires of the trailer were on fire.

Dosanjh attempted to extinguish the fire with his fire extinguisher, but was unable to due to the amount of smoke and flames. Mr. Dosanjh unhooked his trailer and pulled the tractor away before the fire reached it.

By 4 p.m., the Crane Township Fire Department, with assistance from the Paulding Fire Department, was able to have the fire under control. The trailer and load of oranges were a total loss.

Dosanjh was not injured.

The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation.

U.S. 24 eastbound between Ohio 49 and U.S. 127 was closed to traffic during the incident. The highway reopened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Crane Township Fire Department, Paulding Fire Department and EMS, Ohio Department of Transportation, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and Paulding County EMA.