Truck fire cooks yogurt payload

local@modbee.comSeptember 28, 2013 

— A big rig hauling hundreds of cases of yogurt caught fire on North Ninth Street near Coldwell Avenue on Saturday morning.

Overheated brakes are being blamed for the blaze in the refrigerated trailer, said Battalion Chief Randy Anderson of the Modesto Regional Fire Authority. Fire crews kept the fire from overheating diesel tanks or spreading to the truck.

He estimated that the damage to the trailer and its contents was between $15,000 and $20,000.

Three engines spent an hour and a half at the scene, and the owners spent the better part of the day unloading the ruined cargo before the trailer could be hauled away, Anderson said.

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