Denton County officials announced the closure midway between Denton and Fort Worth on Twitter just before 2 p.m., adding that southbound I-35W had only one lane open.
It’s unclear whether anyone was injured in the fire or how it began, The News reported.
The northbound side of the highway was closed at FM1171, officials said.
The Flower Mound Fire Department tweeted that the closure ran to Dale Earnhardt Way.
Three arrested following stop
All of the occupants in a vehicle that was pulled over by police early Wednesday were arrested, according to Denton police.
An officer ran the plates and saw that the owner had several active warrants, said Khristen Jones, a spokeswoman for the department. Once the officer got to the car in the 500 block of South Elm Street, the two passengers were digging around in the car.
All three were arrested at the scene: a man with five outstanding warrants, a woman charged with less than a gram of crack cocaine and a man with three outstanding warrants and charged with possessing less than a gram of crack.
2700 block of West University Drive — A woman called to report a theft that occurred a week and a half ago, when she says her ex-boyfriend stole her current boyfriend’s car, Jones said.
An officer responded to a call about a theft of a vehicle around 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to reports. The woman told police that a week and a half ago she was sitting alone in her boyfriend’s vehicle when her ex came up to the window and brandished a weapon, Jones said.
He entered the car and had her drive, then at some point she stopped the car and exited the vehicle, the victim told police. Then, she said, the ex-boyfriend got in the vehicle and stole it. An investigation is ongoing, Jones said.
1800 block of South Loop 288 — Three suspects ran into Ulta Beauty around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and grabbed several boxes of fragrances, Jones said.
Employees estimate the perfumes and colognes were valued around $2,500 but are conducting inventory checks to determine the actual dollar figure. The investigation is ongoing, Jones said.
■ From 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, the Denton Police Department handled 193 service and officer-initiated calls and made nine arrests.
■ From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 1,186 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves.