Lanes re-open after multiple crews respond to mulch fire on I-95 North in Westport


WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A mulch fire shut down two lanes on I-95 North in Westport early Saturday morning.

At 6:17 a.m. Saturday, the Westport Fire Department responded to a mulch fire in the area between exits 18 and 19.

Initially, Engine 5, Engine 2, Truck 1, and the Shift Commander were dispatched to the area. Engine 4 later responded for additional aid to the scene.

Upon arrival, Engine 5 had limited access to the incident, yet was able to report a large mulch pile with smoke and flames showing.

Car 3 determined the best way to access the fire was by approaching on I-95.

Crews set up a tower ladder with the use of Truck 1’s bucket to diminish the flames. Considering the distance to the closest fire hydrant, Westport Fire requested mutual aid from the Weston and Wilton fire departments.

The tanker shuttle operation delivered over 8,000 gallons of water to take down the fire, also requiring an excavator to open the pile.

The right and center lanes have now been re-opened. Connecticut State Police assisted with traffic control during the incident.

The investigation into how the fire started is ongoing.

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