On Tuesday, a semi-truck fire in Carpinteria caused an evacuation of a residential area. According to Santa Barbara Noozhawk, the incident happened at Via Real and Santa Ynez Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. First responders rushed to the scene, where they were able to extinguish the blaze in a matter of minutes. Upon inspection, firefighters found eight 55-gallon drums that were thought to contain chlorine. Residents nearby were alerted to evacuate or shelter in place.
Thankfully, those drums turned out to be carrying a benign degreaser. There was chlorine on the truck, but it was further up in the trailer, and not impacted by the fire. A portion of the roadway had to be closed for hours, and the truck remained on the scene until mid-morning. There has been no word on the cause of this truck fire.