Lengthy Cleanup From Tractor Trailer Fire Near Chalk River

An early morning trailer fire along Highway 17 near Chalk River has had police and cleanup crews on scene for several hours, and has caused traffic delays on the highway.

The Laurentian Hills fire department got the call just before 4:00 a.m, after a trailer unit caught fire along the highway between Ottawa Street and Kings Road.

Fire Chief Kevin Waito says crews tackled the fire, but the nature of the load has made the cleanup complicated.

“When we arrived there was a trailer disconnected from a tractor, and it was loaded with ball bearings", Waito told Star 96.7.

"It looked like a wheel bearing took fire, and it got into the axle and it burned the tires off the one axle, and through the aluminum body, and the ball bearings are on the ground”.

There were no injuries, and specialized crews have been on scene helping to clean up the mess.

The OPP initially reopened the highway but closed it again late Thursday morning for the clenaup process to continue.

Police say traffic is being restricted in the area to allow crews to do their work, so delays can be expected on Highway 17 west of Chalk River until the job is done.

The cause of the fire is unknown.