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A semi-trailer loaded with 42,000 pounds of apples destined for the east coast was heavily damaged Saturday after it caught fire along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about three miles east of The Dalles. The fire response closed the eastbound lanes for about an hour. According to Oregon State Trooper Matt Zistel, on Sept. 27, at approximately 11:35 a.m., a commercial truck pulled to the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of I-84 near milepost 90 after noting a problem with the semi-trailer. After stopping a fire that started near one of the tires, the driver disconnected the truck from the trailer as the fire was spreading. Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to extinguish the fire along with Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation. One lane was open for traffic at about 12:40 p.m.

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