Posted: Tuesday, 06 May 2014 5:02AM

I-15 in California Closed After Fire on Ranchero Road Bridge



iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HESPERIA, Calif.) -- The Ranchero Road Bridge overpass in Hesperia caught fire on Monday afternoon, causing the closure of Interstate 15 and major traffic blockages.

The southbound lanes of I-15 were closed at Joshua and northbound lanes were closed just south of the Ranchero Road bridge, ABC's Los Angeles affiliate, KABC, reported. As of 2 p.m. on Monday, the bridge had caught fire.

Just before 4 p.m., a part of the bridge collapsed. A second collapse was reported at about 5:30 p.m., KABC said.

There is some concern that the roadway may have been damaged by falling steel and debris. More than 60 firefighters were assigned to battle the blaze on Monday evening.

Authorities said the bridge could stay closed for up to two days.

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