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Published October 15, 2012, 05:56 PM

After camper catches fire on the road, I-29 shuts down for three hours

Galchutt, ND (WDAY TV) - Southbound traffic on Interstate 29 is now back open after crews spent all afternoon battling a grass fire in the west ditch.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Galchutt, ND (WDAY TV) - Southbound traffic on Interstate 29 is now back open after crews spent all afternoon battling a grass fire in the west ditch.

The fire shut down southbound traffic from mile marker 37 to mile marker 23 for about three hours.

Fire officials say they received a call shortly after 2 this afternoon that a 5th wheel camper was on fire traveling southbound on I-29.

The driver was unaware of the fire at first, and with the high winds, the ditch caught fire around exit 31.

The driver pulled over in front of mile marker 29, but by time crews arrived the whole camper was engulfed.

The grass fire covered an estimated 3 miles of ditch area along the interstate.

Todd Speidel, Mooreton Fire Chief: “Not this long, this quick, like I said, there were six or seven departments. Normally when something lights on fire like a car, it'll burn a half-mile around it, but not this long. There was chunks blowing and it just kept lighting everywhere it went.”

Officials believe the fire was caused by a leaky propane tank connected to the camper’s refrigerator.

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