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Semi-Tractor Fire Closed I-35 Early This Morning

By KBJR News 1

Semi-Tractor Fire Closed I-35 Early This Morning

March 19, 2012 Updated Mar 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A semi-tractor trailer that caught on fire earlier this morning closed off a part of I-35 and Cody Street near the Proctor exit.

According to Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Erik Simonson, a man was driving his trailer filled with over a dozen hay bails northbound on I-35 when he noticed that his tire was on fire. The man pulled over his trailer and tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, but the fire kept spreading.

When officials arrived on the scene, the fire had extended to some of the hay bails. Officials asked the man to move his trailer off the interstate and onto Cody Street. Authorities were able to pull the hay bails off the trailer and spread them out on the ground to extinguish the flames.

The man driving the tractor sustained no injuries. The tractor trailer sustained minor damages. Simonson says that either a barring or break failure caused the tire to catch on fire, however officials are still investigating the incident.

Both I-35 and Cody Street were closed while crews put out the fire. Both roads have since reopened.

The Duluth Fire Department, Minnesota Department of Transportation and crews from the City of Duluth all responded to the scene.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns

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