Fire Department Responds To Semi Truck Fire Friday Morning


(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department was called to a semi-truck on fire at the 116 mile marker exit ramp into Le Mars at 6:57am on Friday morning. Upon arrival the semi-tractor was fully involved.

Firefighters attacked the fire with water and foam. The fire did cause some heat damage to the reefer trailer but the trailer was saved. There was 42000 lbs. of frozen goods on the trailer and that was all able to be salvaged as the trailer was still usable. The semi-tractor was a 2007 Peterbuilt and suffered $50,000 damage and is considered a total loss.

The fire originated in the engine compartment and the most probable cause was a fuel line that was leaking or ruptured. Firefighters were on scene for 30 minutes and the 116 ramp into Le Mars was closed for that time frame. There were no injuries. Le Mars Fire-Rescue was assisted at the scene by the Le Mars Police Department, Plymouth County Sheriffs Office and Stockton Towing.

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