Escondido Fire Department units handled two fires on Tuesday, starting with a big rig blazing on the Hwy 78 Freeway at Nordahl Road at 6:30 a.m.
The fire caused a major slowdown of westbound traffic on the 78. The tractor of the rig was fully engulfed in fire when the department units arrived.
At 12:40 p.m. Fire Department units were summoned to an apartment building fire at 500 E. Valley Parkway. Firefighters put out a fire in the laundry room of the complex and left the scene at 1:15 p.m., according to a Fire Department official.