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Truck driver escapes fire near Grand Meadow

NEAR GRAND MEADOW, Minn. (FOX 47) —  A scare early Thursday morning near Grand Meadow for a truck driver hauling live chickens.

Luis Santana, 40, told sheriff’s deputies that he heard a popping noise, and saw flames coming up the driver’s side door.

Santana said he realized his truck was on fire.  The Hampton, Iowa man stopped the rig at 180th Street and 770th Avenue near Grand Meadow, got out and ran away.  The truck with the live chickens burned.

A call for help came in to 9-1-1 at 2:56 a.m. and the Grand Meadow Fire Department responded and put the fire out.  It’s not known how it started.

Mower County Chief Deputy Mark May said the truck is from Prairie’s Best Farms Inc. of Charles City, Iowa.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He’s a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine.

After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester.

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