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Semi fire closes down Highway 10

Firefighters responded to the scene of a semi-truck on fire along Highway 10 near Perham last night. That fire also caused two grass fires. Submitted photo

A semi-truck caught fire along Highway 10 east of Perham last night, causing two grass fires and necessitating a road closure.

The Perham Fire Department was called in at about 8:20 Thursday night to battle the fire, according to Fire Chief Mark Schmidt. About two miles east of Perham, Highway 10 was closed down and traffic was rerouted for about 45 minutes.

The two grass fires lit by the semi burned a total of about 3-4 acres, Schmidt said.

The New York Mills Fire Department also responded to the scene, bringing along a tanker full of water and helping to put out the grass fires.

The cause of the fire is not known for certain yet, but Schmidt said it may have had something to do with a hot bearing from the trailer. 

Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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