Windy conditions cause fire to spread, destroy semitrucks near OIA

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Firefighters from Orlando and Orange County were called to the scene of a blaze involving several large trucks near Orlando International Airport late Thursday morning.

The cabs from several semitrucks burned in the parking lot of Burris Refrigerated Logistics on Central Port Drive.

Officials believe windy conditions caused the fire to spread among the semitrucks.

Skywitness 9 flew over the scene where several cabs along with two smaller vehicles were destroyed in the fire.

Firefighters had some trouble knocking down the flames because there was just one fire hydrant, so they called for backup from Orange County.

“There was so much fire, and then there was so much smoke,” said Division Chief Ian Davis with the Orlando Fire Department. “Six vehicles that are a total loss and then probably two civilian vehicles that were parked by them were also a loss.”

Firefighters extinguished the blaze around noon, but it still held up some workers.

“(It’s) going to be a long one. Going to probably be here another three or four hours, I imagine,” said trucker Rick Camadeca.

A general manager from Burris said it doesn’t appear the fire was intentionally set.

The state fire marshal is looking into the case.