Massive tanker fire shuts down Interstate 25 at Denver Tech Center

A massive fuel tanker fire shut down Interstate 25 near the Denver Tech Center Wednesday afternoon. / Photo courtesy KDVR
A massive fuel tanker fire shut down Interstate 25 near the Denver Tech Center Wednesday afternoon. / Photo courtesy KDVR

DENVER — Interstate 25 is shut down in both directions between Orchard Road and Belleview Avenue in Denver as crews cleanup the mess left from a massive fuel tanker fire Wednesday.

CDOT is currently assessing pavement damage as fire retardant chemicals are being cleaned up. Additionally, officials are mobilizing crews, equipment and materials to make emergency pavement repairs.

Officials say heat from the fire has caused damage mainly to the pavement and median barrier and right now it’s too early to estimate when I-25 will reopen.

Areas Closed:

  • Access ramps to Orchard Road and Belleview Avenue
  • I-25 on-ramp to Hampden Avenue

Detour Routes:

  • Southbound: Use Santa Fe Drive or Hampden or Broadway south to C470
  • Western Metro Area: Use US 85 out of Castle Rock
  • Eastern Metro Area: Use CO 86 to CO 83
  • Northbound:  Exit Lincoln, E-470 (Waiving Tolls), Dry Creek to Parker Rd then North to 225.or C470 West to University or Santa Fe Drive.

RTD light rail service is expected to be delayed for the next hour, but E, F, and R lines are resuming regular service. Bus shuttles are being cancelled.

CDOT said the tanker caught fire and exploded. The driver was injured, but the extent of the injuries isn’t known.

The fire broke out sometime before noon. It’s not clear what sparked it.

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