Breckenridge Texan

Firefighters respond to horse trailer fire on Highway 67
September 30
16:22 2017

Breckenridge firefighters responded to a horse trailer fire on Saturday shortly after noon on State Highway 67 about two miles north of US Highway 180.

The trailer was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene, and large plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the air.

The driver, who is from Graham, said the trailer had a blowout and was dragged along the pavement for about 100 yards before he was able to stop. Then, the rear wheels caught on fire, and they tried to put the flames out with fire a extinguish. But, the aluminum siding on the trailer had already caught fire, and they were unable to extinguish the flames.

He said several people stopped and helped him pull the two horses from the trailer, along with saddles and other gear. He said the bystanders also pulled out propane bottles from the trailer so they wouldn’t explode.

Initially, two firetrucks responded to the scene, and a third truck arrived later.
The Stephens County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the call, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety, which is investigating the accident.

No one was injured; the horses were unhurt.

Breckenridge firefighters battle a blaze in a horse trailer on the side of Highway 67 shortly after noon Saturday. They suited up in their gear in order to enter the trailer and extinguish the flames. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: A Graham driver stands on the side of State Highway 67 Saturday afternoon with his horses, watching Breckenridge firefighters battle flames in his horse trailer. The man and his horses were OK. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)



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