Massive vehicle fire closes Hwy 3

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
April 9th, 2020

Highway 3 toward Grand Forks was closed yesterday afternoon after a vehiclke caught fire, according to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

He said the call came in at roughly 3:40 p.m. Wednesday and crews arrived on scene by 3:48 p.m., with 10 firefighters, including Lattanzio.

“When I arrived on scene, it was fully engulfed,” he said, adding it was a Ford Excursion towing a storage trailer. “Traffic was stopped in both directions.

“We knocked it down fairly quickly, but the vehicle was a total write-off,” he added. “The sole occupant, the driver, was unharmed.

He said that, while the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, no foul play is suspected – just bad luck.

“We think it was fuel related, perhaps a ruptured fuel line.


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