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Local fire departments respond to two vehicle fires

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On Sunday, Nov. 12, a tractor-trailer caught fire on State Highway 114 near Garfield. (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press) 2 / 2

Local fire departments and the Minnesota State Patrol were called to two separate tractor-trailer fires on the weekend of Nov. 11-12.

The first, which happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, involved a cattle trailer that had caught fire in the eastbound lane of Interstate 94 near the exit 100. Two state troopers arrived and were able to prevent the fire from spreading with use of fire extinguishers. The fire was kept from spreading until the Alexandria Fire Department arrived. No cattle were harmed.

The second incident happened around 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. A tractor-trailer hauling potatoes caught fire near Interstate 94 exit 97, on State Highway 114. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver stated he was eastbound on I-94 about five miles before the Garfield exit when he felt a blown tire. Due to the construction zone, he was not able to pull to the shoulder and instead exited at exit 97. At some point, the vehicle’s tire started on fire. The Garfield Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Douglas County Sheriff’s office responded. The tractor-trailer appeared to suffer extensive damage.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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