Semi Catches Fire in Agency, No Injuries


Fire crews from Agency and Eldon responded to a semi that caught fire in Agency.

Just after noon on Saturday, firefighters were called to 73rd Street in Agency where a semi truck was on the shoulder of the road in flames.

The driver of the truck told Ottumwa Radio News that he saw smoke rising from under the hood and pulled the vehicle over. A fire quickly started. The driver was able to escape the cab of the truck and was not injured.

While still ablaze, the tractor portion was dragged away from the semi-trailer and was eventually extinguished. The trailer and its contents were not damaged in the fire.

The fire spread to the long grass adjacent to the truck but was put out by the fire crews before spreading.

Traffic on the two-lane roadway was blocked for about an hour while the firefighters tended to the blaze.

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