Semi-truck loaded with asparagus burns in Paso Robles

July 25, 2022


A truck transporting asparagus burst into flames in Paso Robles early Monday morning.

At about 4 a.m., a caller reported the trailer of a semi-truck was burning near the intersection of Highway 46 East and Mill Road. Firefighters arrived at the scene and found the trailer engulfed in flames, with the fire threatening adjacent vegetation, according to the city of Paso Robles.

Firefighters quickly established control of the blaze and managed to get inside the trailer. They determined the truck was carrying pallets of boxed asparagus.

Cal Fire personnel assisted Paso Robles firefighters with extinguishing the blaze. It is unclear what caused the trailer to catch on fire.

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Okay, I’m ready. Give me the bad news.

From the pictures it appears the fire possibly originated at the left rear trailer axles. A trailer brake not fully disengaged AKA stuck on causing brake fire and/or flat inner dual tire creating enough heat to catch on fire …Both would ignite trailer floor and walls

I am utterly inconsolable.

I admit, I went straight to the comments.

it was reported that the water smelled funny for a while after the fire was put out

Lit cigarette tossed from a moving vehicle?

I like my asparagus BBQed but prefer to do it on the grill, thank you.