Tire of semi hauling propane catches fire in eastern North Dakota

The propane did not ignite, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

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TOWER CITY, N.D. — The tire of a semi carrying 9,000 gallons of propane caught fire along Interstate 94 in eastern North Dakota.

Authorities responded at about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, to the fire several miles west of Tower City.

Mark Wendt of Warner, South Dakota, was driving a 2018 Mack semi when one of the trailer’s tires popped, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Wendt stopped along the shoulder of I-94 and noticed the tire was on fire, the patrol said. He and sheriff's deputies were unable to put out the blaze, but the Barnes County Fire Department extinguished the fire before propane leaked and ignited, the patrol said.

No one was injured during the incident.


Tower City is about 45 miles west of Fargo.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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