All lanes of I-15 reopen after massive tanker fire

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – All lanes of Interstate 15 are open after it was shut down Thursday night due to a gasoline tanker fire. 

Utah Highway Patrol says around 7:20 p.m. a double tanker caught fire on I-15 just south of 7200 South. The fire forced closure of the freeway in both directions. 

Unified Fire declared the fire out around 10:30 p.m. Road crews were dispatched around 12:30 a.m. to begin repairing the lanes of SB I-15 damaged due to the fire.

Several lanes were closed until about 1:30 p.m. Friday. 

Officials say the tanker was hauling 9,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel. 

Lt. Todd Royce with Utah Highway Patrol says the semi truck had mechanical problems and a fire sparked in vehicle's brakes. The driver pulled off to the side of the road and got out before the fire spread to fuel and it became fully engulfed. Video of the fire shows multiple explosions as the tanker burned. 

Friday morning News4Utah's Brittany Johnson got a first hand look at the road damage. Watch:


Incredible video from News4Utah viewer Ryan Smith

This is a developing story. More details will be posted as they become available. 

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