Driver, dog uninjured in I-10 semi fire

A driver and his dog escaped without injury after the semi truck they were riding in caught fire in Washington County Tuesday afternoon.

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Panama City District troopers responded a little after 3:30 p.m. to a semi tractor-trailer on fire at the 105-mile post eastbound on Interstate  10 in Washington County. 

The report said the driver, a 58-year-old Miami man, had pulled the semi over due to smoke coming from the hood area, and after stopping, the cab of the semi became fully engulfed. 

Both eastbound lanes were blocked, and eastbound traffic had to be detoured off the 104-mile post exit. 

The fire was extinguished by firefighters from both Washington  and Holmes counties, They were assisted by the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.