TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents were first on scene to prevent potential catastrophic events from occurring during multiple burning vehicle incidents during the past week.
On Oct. 11, an agent from the Nogales Border Patrol Station encountered a Ford F150 with fire emitting from its engine compartment. The vehicle was located on the southbound side of Interstate 19, on a ramp near kilometer post four. The agent quickly extinguished the fire using a department issued extinguisher and water. The Nogales Fire Department, Department of Public Safety and Nogales Police Department responded to the scene. There were no injuries.
Early Oct. 13, agents from the Willcox Border Patrol Station responded to a Dodge flatbed pickup truck on fire near mile marker 332 on eastbound I-10. The driver had safely exited the vehicle. Agents took charge of the scene, stopping traffic for safety precautions, as the fire gained intensity and began spewing into the primary lanes. Willcox Fire Department arrived shortly afterwards and extinguished the fire.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.