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by Jennifer Hoff

Truck fire forces evacuation in Albert Lea


ALBERT LEA, MN (KTTC DT) -- Hundreds of Albert Lea residents were forced from their homes overnight after a truck carrying arsenic materials caught fire.

Albert Lea Police say the fire happened around 10:30 Saturday night on Interstate 35 and Exit 8.

About an hour later, authorities went door-to-door evacuating people from their homes. Many were told to leave from the New Hills Condominium Incorporate, a mobile home park.

The residents were assisted by Red Cross volunteers at the Albert Lea City Arena.

Officials say, both directions of the Interstate were closed. The truck never did explode and officials discovered it was also carrying ammunition. Police say the truck was part of a carrier company, but they're unsure who the truck was working for or where it was headed.

The Mankato Chemical Assessment Team also responded, and gave the all-clear to residents about 1a.m. Sunday.

The truck driver sustained minor injuries to his hands, but he was not treated.

NewsCenter's Fanna Haile-Selassie has reaction from authorities and two neighbors who spend part of their night in City Arena - look for her report coming up at 10p.m.

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