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Flames extinguished after fire engulfed tractor unit on Route 495



NORTON — Chief Shawn Simmons reports that the Norton Fire Department extinguished a vehicle fire on I-495 Thursday evening.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to I-495 southbound in the area just south of Route 140 for a report of a tractor unit that was on fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the tractor unit, which did not have an attached trailer, fully engulfed in flames. Mansfield firefighters also responded to the scene to provide mutual aid, and the fire was extinguished by approximately 7:20 p.m.

The truck driver was able to exit the vehicle prior to the arrival of first responders and did not report any injuries.

Two southbound lanes of I-495 were closed by the Massachusetts State Police while the fire was being extinguished. The scene was cleared by approximately 8 p.m.

The fire is under investigation by the Norton Fire Department and Fire Capt. Christopher Ferreira.

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