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Hay fire shuts down ramp

By Judy Reed

A semi-tractor hauling hay caught fire at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, closing down the off-ramp from southbound US131 to 14 Mile road for several hours Friday afternoon.

According to the driver, he was on southbound US131 hauling a load of hay for Hillside Farms, in Zeeland, and pulled over to let a couple of cars pass. He said the next thing he knew, he looked back and saw the hay on fire, so he pulled off on the ramp to 14 Mile.

“Fifty trips a year and this is the first time this ever happened,” he said.

Algoma, Sparta, Courtland, Oakfield, and Cedar Springs Fire Departments all assisted at the scene. According to Algoma Fire Chief Steve Johnson, it took about four hours to put out the fire and clean up the hay.

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