TRAFFIC ALERT: RV fire stops westbound I-20 traffic near Kilgore - KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News

Police and firefighters work together to battle RV fire on I-20

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The vehicle is located near mile marker 585, between the exits for Highway 135 and Highway 42 (Source: Wes Marsh) The vehicle is located near mile marker 585, between the exits for Highway 135 and Highway 42 (Source: Wes Marsh)
Two fire crews are on scene working to clear the area Two fire crews are on scene working to clear the area
KILGORE, TX (KLTV) -

There were some tense moments this morning on I-20 near mile marker 585, between the exits for Highway 135 and Highway 42, as an RV burst into flames.

The driver said he smelled smoke, so he pulled over onto the shoulder. A few seconds later, he said, the rear of the RV was engulfed in flames.

Kilgore and Sabine fire crews responded and tried to avoid passing traffic as they worked to put out the blaze. When the police arrived to control traffic, they say, it helped their efforts.

"Not only are you concerned for your safety on the fire and what's inside the vehicle and outside the vehicle, you also have the safety concern with the heavy traffic and onlookers on the interstate," says Kilgore firefighter Shawn Hayes.

"Very easy for drivers to be distracted by the smoke and fire, so basically we shut down the highway for about 15 minutes to gain control," says Kilgore assistant fire chief Mike Simmons.

The driver, who was on his way to Arizona, is insured and was able to drive away in a car he was towing behind the RV.

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