I-8 Big-Rig Fire Barbecues 41,000 Pounds of Beef

The truck that caught on fire was hauling more than 20 tons of beef, according to Lakeside Fire officials.
Lakeside Fire

A semi truck fire on Interstate 8 in East County near the communities of Santee and Lakeside shut down traffic on the freeway on Monday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

The fire began shortly after 11:30 on Monday morning on a truck hauling more than 41,000 pounds of beef, according to Lakeside Fire officials.

Photo courtesy of Lakeside Fire.

Traffic was briefly closed in both directions due to smoke from the fire near Los Coches Road and Lake Jennings Park Road. First-responders made quick work of the fire, thought which was mostly out by 12:20, allowing CHP officers to reopen the freeway.

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