Tractor-trailer carrying elephants to Sarasota catches fire in Georgia

DADE COUNTY, Ga. (WFLA/NBC) – Firefighters dispatched to a tractor-trailer fire on Monday got quite the surprise.

Three African elephants greeted them around 2 a.m. Monday.

The tractor was on fire, but the trailer that was carrying the elephants was not.

The owners got the animals out safely and gave them something to eat while firefighters put the blaze out.

First responders said the elephants were large, but well-behaved.

None of the animals or humans were injured.

The tractor-trailer was headed to Sarasota. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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