YORK – York Fire Chief Dustin Geiger says the cause of Monday’s tractor trailer fire in York is being ruled accidental.

“The cause is being ruled down to a tire failure, where the tire broke a hydraulic line and the fluid caught on fire,” said Geiger.

The blaze broke out Monday afternoon around 2:42 p.m. on Route 63 near Restof Road.

Geiger said the trailer was carrying brand new cars for a dealership.

“From what I have been told every car was damaged, with five cars being a total loss, two other cars were damaged. One car was not damaged. They were all brand new vehicles on the trailer,” said Geiger.

“The tractor part did not suffer any damage, it was just the trailer part,” said Geiger.

Geiger said some of the road also got damaged during the fire.

“There was damage to the state highway, which is being taken care of by the trucking company, along with the run-off in the ditch which will be mitigated by the trucking company,” said Geiger.

Route 63 was closed for several hours due to the fire.

Crews from York, the Geneseo Fire Department and the Mount Morris Ambulance responded to the scene, he said.

Temperatures were around 90 degrees on Monday and a heat advisory was in effect at the time of the fire.

“The guys get tired quicker and the heat puts stress on them,” said Geiger.

No charges have been filed in connection with the incident..

“It was just was just accidental when part of the tire came off and it actually hit the hydraulic line on the trailer, breaking that,” said Geiger.

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