On Friday, October 27 at approximately 4:21a.m., the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of State Highway 33 and Hilltop Dr. in the Town of Addison for a report of a semi-tractor trailer engulfed in flames. The uninvolved caller advised the trailer portion was engulfed in flames and that the uninjured semi tractor operator was disconnected from the trailer.
Upon the deputies’ arrival, the trailer was located disconnected and sitting in the westbound traffic lane of STH 33 at Hilltop Drive. Allenton Firefighters responded and extinguished the flames. The investigation found that a trailer tire had gone flat, causing excessive heat. That heat caused the industrial size rolls of paper inside the trailer to catch fire. As a result of the fire, the trailer was a total loss as well as significant damage to the multiple rolls of paper.
To assist with fire operations and removal of property, STH 33 was closed from State Highway 175 to County Highway W for approximately five hours.