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Cops probe fire on fertilizer truck

Investigators are looking into what sparked a fire on a semi-trailer that was hauling anhydrous ammonia.

No one was injured in the fire, and the ammonia never leaked, but a highway was closed for more than an hour following the fire, which was reported at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The truck hauling the load of fertilizer was about 15 kilometres west of Shoal Lake on Highway 16, when the fire was noticed. The driver was able to safely pull over to the side of the road and detach from the trailer.

Firefighters from Birtle and Shoal Lake doused the fire, but it took some time to cool the trailer before the highway could be reopened.

Anhydrous ammonia is one of the more dangerous chemicals used in farming, although it is not very flammable.

Yellowhead RCMP are investigating the cause of the fire.

» Brandon Sun

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 29, 2014

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Investigators are looking into what sparked a fire on a semi-trailer that was hauling anhydrous ammonia.

No one was injured in the fire, and the ammonia never leaked, but a highway was closed for more than an hour following the fire, which was reported at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Investigators are looking into what sparked a fire on a semi-trailer that was hauling anhydrous ammonia.

No one was injured in the fire, and the ammonia never leaked, but a highway was closed for more than an hour following the fire, which was reported at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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