Firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire on a flatbed tow truck on
the side of Interstate Highway 780 in Benicia late this morning.
The passenger car was being towed from the Point Reyes area to
Pittsburg when the tow truck driver heard a loud pop from the vehicle as it
was being towed on eastbound Highway 780 at the Southampton Road on-ramp
around 11:45 a.m., Fire Division Chief K.C. Smith said.
The tow truck driver pulled over to the shoulder when he saw smoke
and tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, but he was pushed
back by the rapidly growing fire, Smith said.
The fire engulfed the passenger car and ignited the rear of the
tow truck and some vegetation along the roadside, according to Smith.
I-780 was shut down while firefighters extinguished the flames in
less than 25 minutes, Smith said.
The California Highway Patrol and Vallejo Fire Department assisted
the Benicia Fire Department in its response to the fire.