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WILLMAR -- A semi tractor hauling an empty fuel tanker caught fire Thursday afternoon about a mile north of Willmar on U.S. Highway 71.

The rear dual brakes on the tractor caught on fire, according to Willmar Fire Chief Marv Calvin. The fire caused one of the tires to blow out.

The tanker was disengaged and moved away from the fire and the driver used fire extinguishers on the blaze before fire-fighters arrived.

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