More than 38,000 pounds of frozen ground beef was declared a loss by Amarillo’s Environmental Health Department after a tractor-trailer caught fire near the intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and Central Avenue on Wednesday.
Amarillo Fire Department was dispatched to a call of a truck on fire.
The trailer, owned by Plains Transportation of Amarillo, caught fire after one of its inner tires blew out and caught fire from friction, according to an AFD report.
The fire traveled up the outer wall of the trailer and moved inside.
In a news release, AFD said other motorists signaled the driver that the vehicle was on fire and called 911.
It took five units and 13 firefighters about four minutes to extinguish the blaze.
Damage to the trailer and its contents was estimated at $130,000.