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Courtney Campbell Causeway reopens after vehicle fire closes lanes during commute

By 7 p.m. all lanes had reopened to traffic, according to an updated news release from the Clearwater Police Department.
The westbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway have been shut down after a vehicle caught fire Monday afternoon. Clearwater police are advising drivers to seek an alternate route for the afternoon commute.
The westbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway have been shut down after a vehicle caught fire Monday afternoon. Clearwater police are advising drivers to seek an alternate route for the afternoon commute. [ The Clearwater Police Department ]
Published Jul. 11|Updated Jul. 11

Part of the Courtney Campbell Causeway was shut down after a vehicle caught fire Monday afternoon, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

The westbound lanes of the causeway were closed off on the Pinellas side around 4 p.m., Clearwater police said. Motorists were advised to seek alternate routes for the afternoon commute.

Pictures posted to the Police Department’s social media accounts showed a charred tractor on the side of the road.

The driver noticed there was a problem with the 20-foot-long trailer, pulled over and detached it from the vehicle towing it. Police described the trailer as a “total loss” after the fire, the agency said in an updated news release around 5 p.m.

The fire started when a tire blew out on the trailer, causing sparks that ignited it, according to a 7 p.m. news release.

The trailer was used as a workstation for a seamless gutter installer, according to the release. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

No injuries have been reported, police said.

By 7 p.m. all lanes had reopened to traffic, according to the updated news release.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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