A tractor-trailer caught fire today outside the General Motors Fairfax plant, causing $148,000 damage, according to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.
According to the Fire Department spokesman, fire crews arrived within 2 minutes of the call at 12:20 p.m. and found the tractor-trailer on fire. The plant at 3201 Fairfax Trafficway is in Kansas City, Kan.
Firefighters called for a general alarm because the trailer was near the building. Hazmat crews were dispatched after it was discovered the trailer contained lithium ion batteries as part of the cargo, according to the Fire Department spokesman. The trailer also contained car parts.
Employees in the area were moved upwind from the fire.
Crews had to saw to open the side and top of the trailer to get water onto the fire, according to the spokesman.
The fire investigator looked into the fire and it appears to be an unintentional fire, the spokesman said.
No injuries were reported.