It doesn't happen often, but when it does, a fire in the Eisenhower Tunnel can be wreak havoc unless dealt with quickly.

This afternoon, (January 3), the tunnel's fire crews and fire suppression system were put to the test when a car traveling through the Eisenhower Tunnel caught on fire.

The Colorado Department of Transportation issued notification of the the closure at 12:45 p.m. Even though the fire was limited to one tunnel, traffic on I-70 was halted in both directions as tunnel crews determined, for safety, both the Eisenhower and Johnson tunnels should be closed

The tunnel's fire crew along with the Clear Creek Fire Department were able to quickly extinguish the fire and remove the vehicle from the tunnel allowing both tunnels to reopen at 1:35 p.m.

No injuries have been reported and the cause of the vehicle fire is still unknown.

Sources: CDOT/Denver Post

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