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North Branch Police, the State Patrol and North Branch firefighters are currently at the scene of a semi-truck fire on Main Street in North Branch.

Photo by Derrick Knutson

The front end of a semi-truck burst into flames around 9 a.m. today near the intersection of Highway 95 and County Road 30, causing a closure of the thoroughfare.

Traffic is currently being routed around the area, starting at Fifth Avenue.

North Branch Police Chief Dan Meyer said there were no injuries reported as a result of the fire, which was not due to an accident. He said a fuel tank ruptured on the vehicle, so emergency responders are being extra cautious with this situation. The exact cause of the fire is not known at this time.

“I guess it was full of cattle, and there were no cattle injured as well,” Meyer said. “It’s just kind of a mess, because they have to keep everything there until they can get the fire out, get the fuel contained and get another rig up here to haul the cattle out of there. The State Patrol is up there, and they’re looking at another couple of hours to have that road closed.”

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