Car fire in Eastport

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A pickup truck carrying several canisters of highly flammable liquid chlorine burst into flames on Montauk Highway in Eastport on Tuesday, holding up traffic for about half an hour, according to fire department officials, but no one was injured.

Firefighters called to the scene found the truck burning just east of the railroad trestle in Eastport. Crews quickly controlled the blaze in the front area of the truck, removed the chlorine canisters from the bed in the back and moved them a safe distance from the blaze, according to Eastport Fire Department officials. After moving the liquid chlorine, a highly flammable material, firefighters doused the truck’s engine and extinguished the remaining fire.

Traffic around the railroad tracks was suspended for about 35 minutes while firefighters fought the blaze, according to the fire department.

Some 24 firefighters responded to the scene, department officials reported. The truck involved in the blaze suffered extensive damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Southampton Town fire marshal.

LAURA COOPER

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