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Crane truck fire stalls SR 3 traffic for hours Tuesday

Firefighters from Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue and Navy Region NW Fire and EMS work to extinguish the flames after a crane truck caught fire on northbound State Route 3 near the Chico Way exit Tuesday. - CKFR courtesy photo
Firefighters from Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue and Navy Region NW Fire and EMS work to extinguish the flames after a crane truck caught fire on northbound State Route 3 near the Chico Way exit Tuesday.
— image credit: CKFR courtesy photo

Traffic was shut down for hours Tuesday afternoon on northbound State Route 3 near the Chico Way exit in Bremerton after a crane truck burst into flames around 4:30 p.m.

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR) crews and Navy Region NW Fire and EMS firefighters responded to multiple calls about the incident and when they arrived on scene, the large crane truck was completely engulfed in flames, according to CKFR.

Fourteen firefighters battled the blaze with more than 5,000 gallons of water and a specialized fire extinguishing agent called F-500.

Multiple propane tanks exploding on the crane truck contributed to the massive fire.

The crane truck driver said he heard a strange noise just before seeing smoke in his rearview mirrors, according to CKFR. He immediately pulled over and called 911.

Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters continued cooling the apparatus before turning the scene over to Washington State Patrol around 7:30 p.m.

Traffic was impacted for more than three hours. No one was injured in the blaze.

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office indicated a broken drive line hit the charged hydraulic lines underneath the rig, causing it to ignite, according to CKFR.

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