By Mike Campbell

TROY (WWJ) One of the area’s main commuter arteries, I-75, was closed early Friday after a tractor trailer caught fire.

The northbound side closed at 1:50 a.m. Friday and reopened at about 9:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters said they encountered a semi tractor trailer cab and the front of the attached trailer “well involved” in a fire.

The driver of the vehicle, who safely evacuated prior to the arrival of firefighters, told emergency personnel the trailer was loaded with paper products including paper towels, paper plates, and toilet paper.

“Firefighters immediately began extinguishing the fire but could not easily access the front of the trailer since the only access was at the rear of the trailer and it was packed with product,” the Fire Department said in a press release. “The fire grew in intensity and became deep-seated in the remainder of paper products inside involving the trailer itself.”

There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Northbound I-75 was closed at Fourteen Mile Road. An excavator from the Troy Department of Public Works and a front-end loader from the Oakland County Road Commission were brought to the scene to remove the paper products and spread them out so firefighters could extinguish the fire.

There was no further information to report on the cause of the fire. Firefighters remained on the scene well into the morning rush.

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