Elephants wait while Chattanooga fire department puts out trailer fire

Lester Mason
November 21, 2017

According to an account on the Facebook page of the Chattanooga Fire Department, a tractor trailer that had three elephants aboard caught fire along Interstate 24 near the Tennessee and Georgia state lines.

Firefighters responded to the fire on Interstate 24 East about 2 a.m., officials said.

Meanwhile, first responder Tracy Beavers snapped a photo while she and her unit were responding to the tractor-trailer fire.

Chattanooga Fire Department NBC News Channel
Chattanooga Fire Department NBC News Channel

The elephants were given hay to eat as firefighters battled the blaze. The trailer where the animals were located was not on fire but the other parts of the truck were. The elephants weren't injured and several drivers were amazed to see the animals hanging out on the side of the road. The elephants were well-behaved and ate some hay on the roadside while they waited, said battalion chief Lesley Morgan. Firefighters with Quint 3, Tanker 3, Squad 20 and Squad 1 (Green Shift) responded.

Chief Morgan said the elephants were HUGE, but well behaved.

The owners of the tractor-trailer were able to get another tractor to their location so they could continue their trip to Sarasota, Fl. After that, they continued on their way to Sarasota, Florida.

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