A pickup truck pulling a large sailboat westbound on Interstate 90 near Homestake Pass caught fire at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No one was hurt, said Hunter Flynn, a Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department firefighter.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire, said Flynn. The burning truck stopped in the right hand lane near mile marker 237 when the fire began. The fire was mostly out by 9:15 a.m.

Traffic was backed up for about two miles for about two hours.

The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department water tanker was getting serviced at the time of the call, Flynn said. The firefighters weren't sure if it could make it to the small fire.

Because of that, Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department asked Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department to send firefighters. But the Whitehall tanker did make it, Flynn said. So the B-SB Fire Department turned back.

The driver, a male, was coming from Florida, Flynn said.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that it was the truck towing the boat that caught fire, not the boat.

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Nat'l Resources / General Reporter

Environmental and natural resources reporter for the Montana Standard.

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