On Tuesday, January 19, around 9:00 a.m., a semi-truck driver traveling northbound on Main Street through Bishop, was notified by a passing motorist, that her right rear tires on fire.
The truck pulled over into the Shell Y-Mart where the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department responded. The fire was visually extinguished by the time fire trucks arrived. Firefighters used a hand- held extinguisher insure the hot tires, wheels, and brake drums were cooled.
A quick inspection showed a brake line had ruptured, spraying flammable brake fluid over the hot brake drums and igniting.
No one was injured in the incident.
(STORY UPDATE: A reader on 1-26-21 advised semi-trucks do not use brake fluid. They have air brakes on the trailers. She is correct. Thanks – KH)