African elephants escape tractor-trailer fire on Georgia highway

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The tractor was on fire, but the trailer was not.

The Chattanooga Fire Department said firefighters responded about 2 a.m. Monday to a stretch of Interstate 24 near the Georgia state line on a report of a tractor-trailer on fire.


Three African elephants escaped from a tractor trailer fire along a highway in Georgia.

The elephants were seen eating hay on the other side of the guardrail while firefighters worked to put out the fire.


The call also brought responders from the Hamilton County 911 service, who jokingly said in a Facebook post that they will now tell their employees "to add peanuts to (their) mandatory equipment lists". Their owners arranged for another tractor to pick them up.

The World Wildlife Fund describes the African elephant as the "largest animal walking the Earth" standing about 11 feet, with a weight of six tons and a length ranging from 19 to 24 feet.


The elephants were reloaded and taken to Sarasota, where they'll spend the winter. "It was really wonderful to see them so calm on the side of the interstate". Another day in the office for #ChattFire.

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