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St Hilaire Fire was paged Monday afternoon to the Hazel Elevator location where a piece of machinery working on the new railroad track installation started on fire. The machinery is called a “tamper” and was owned by Minnesota Northern Railroad. The time of the call was 3 pm Monday afternoon and St Hilaire Fire was assisted by Thief River Falls Fire. The tamper was a total loss at a cost of half a million dollars.

15 minutes later, Thief River Falls Fire was called to the Cenex Harvest States Fertilizer plant at 3rd Street and Brooks Avenue. A tractor-trailer unit had started on fire. The Truck had been parked for several hours when an employee noticed it had started on fire.  The tractor unit was a 2010 Freightliner valued at 25 to 30 thousand dollars and was a total loss. It was and was attached to a 2016 trailer valued at 50 thousand dollars which sustained unknown amounts of damage. It is unknown what caused the fire.

Truck Fire In Thief River Falls, MN
Truck Fire In Thief River Falls, MN





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