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Flaming trash truck in the tunnel sends smoke billowing upwards from downtown hotel

Smoke from tunnel fire

Hotel billowing in the clear blue sky. Photo by Nat Tarbox.

UPDATE: Traffic is now blocked all over for miles.

Firefighters are in the O'Neill Tunnel battling a fire in a garbage truck that is sending smoke up through the ventilation shaft the InterContinental Hotel is built around. The hotel itself is not on fire.

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RIP TO THE EVENING COMMUTE

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i bet that smells lovely

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... If there was a hover board in there?

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IMAGE(http://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv78/ChromeAlchemist/I_like_that_ZING.gif)

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except for the right lane, which remains closed for tunnel inspection.

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are showing up more than an hour late to pick up the kids from school. I knew something was up when 10 minutes before dismissal there were more than a dozen buses less than usual clogging up D Street and environs.

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Something else has happened, I can tell.

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Here's one I took from my office of the vent system smoking.. :-)

The windows around my office got real dark. I thought it was fog until I looked.

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And nice view!

From the outside it looks like the vent system is working. Anyone we know inside the tunnel that might verify or disagree?

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I wondered what it was like inside the tunnel.. if it was black coming out the vents.. I can't imagine what it was like in the tunnel. (and the SMELL.. OMG I bet it was horrendous)

What's funny is.. coworkers thought the intercontinental was on fire. Until I explained that the hotel was built around the vent system for the tunnel. Most didn't know that...

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Has some great photos of the truck. They towed it to South Bay and have photos of the trash continuing to smolder and then erupt in flames (again).

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Perhaps it's because I have not had "suppah" yet, but a quick glance at the main photo up above yields a labradoodle.

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You're right!

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I'm not going to judge; I'm all on board for cultural diversity.

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I was going for the Scrooge symbolism instead of what I was actually having for suppah (chicken) :)

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they weren't choosing a new pope?

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a new DOT Secretary either.

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