18-wheeler catches fire in Monroe near liquid oxygen, area now determined safe

Monroe Fire Department
Monroe Fire Department(KNOE)
Published: Oct. 26, 2022 at 1:13 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2022 at 3:22 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Washington St. in Monroe is back open after an 18-wheeler caught fire near a liquid oxygen tank, says Monroe Fire Department Chief Shabrodrick Jones.

MFD says the 18-wheeler was trying to unload the liquid oxygen, but there was a malfunction with the hydraulic lines in the back control area of the tank. The control area is what burned.

The road was blocked for just over an hour out of an abundance of caution.

A hazardous materials team examined the site and said they have determined the area to be safe.