Georgia interstate closed due to truck fire and... elephants?

A tractor trailer fire stranded elephants in northwest Georgia for a while

Several elephants are safe after a few frantic moments on the Georgia-Tennessee border early Monday morning.

Chattanooga fire crews crossed into Georgia around 2 a.m. to assist Trenton, Georgia firefighters in Dade County after reports of a tractor-trailer fire on I-24.  That fire was isolated to the cab of the truck, but the contents of the trailer were removed as a precaution. 

The contents just happened to be elephants.  According to a social media post by the Chattanooga Fire Department, the owner of the large pachyderms got them out of the trailer and checked on them while also trying to calm them during a somewhat stressful moment for all involved.

"The owners got the elephants safely out of the trailer and gave them some hay to munch on while firefighters put the fire out," the department stated.

That said, Fire Chief Lesley Morgan was quoted on the department's social media page calling the elephants "HUGE, but well-behaved."

After the scare, the owners managed to call in more trucks to get the large mammals to their destination in Sarasota, Florida.

Dade County Sheriff's Office officials report that the cause of the fire is still unknown but reiterated that the elephants were not hurt - and neither were any humans involved.

Even so, roads were closed for hours over something for which there may never be a law enforcement 10-code: Elephants on a mountain interstate.

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