Semi-Tanker Fire Causes Six-Hour Shutdown of Highway 169 Near Ely

Fire officials figure about 350 gallons were spilled.
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Photo: Morris-Hall Fire Chief Ted Krueger

ELY, Minn.- Minnesota Highway 169 was shut down for six and a half hours Saturday due to a fire involving a semi tanker truck pulling gas, according to the Northland FireWire.

According to a post on the FireWire’s Facebook page, the incident was reported around 2:15 p.m.

Morris-Fall Lake Fire Chief Ted Krueger told The Northland Fire Wire that the brakes of the truck caught fire and spread to the vehicle’s tires.

The truck driver was able to uncouple the burning vehicle from the tanker. The front of the tanker hit the ground, rupturing a pocket containing 3,400 gallons of gasoline.

Fire officials figure about 350 gallons were spilled.

Local road equipment was brought in to contain the spill and the remaining gasoline from the damaged tanker was transferred to another tanker.

No injuries were reported. The truck did receive extensive fire damage.

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