A semitrailer that caught fire Monday temporarily closed Interstate 35 as Faribault fire crews worked to put out the blaze.

No one was injured.

The truck, parked on the side of northbound I-35 north of Hwy. 21, was fully engulfed when officers first arrived, according to scanner traffic at the time of the incident.

Faribault Fire Chief Dustin Dienst said the driver, the lone occupant, pulled over after the cab started to fill up with smoke. Dienst said the driver experienced issues starting the truck and had used some starter fluid, which leads him to believe the starting system could potentially be to blame.

However, because there was so little left of the semi after it burned, it will be difficult to find a cause, he said.

At about 4:10 p.m., roughly 30 minutes after the first call reporting the smoke, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said the left lane was open after the fire was extinguished, though traffic remained slow.

Crews were on scene throughout the afternoon commute as they worked to clean up the charred remains.

Reach Regional Editor Brad Phenow at 507-333-3134, or follow him on Twitter @FDNBradPhenow.

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