The Milbank Fire and Police Departments along with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fire call late Friday night, March 11. It was reported by Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke that a 2005 Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer loaded with cattle caught fire along Highway 15, on the south side of Milbank. The semi was driven by John Miller of Billings, Montana, and was enroute to Sioux Falls. After calling for help, he attempted to unhook the trailer but was unsuccessful because of the fire. A large explosive sound was reportedly heard by several homeowners in the area.
“The cause of the fire was likely from the brakes overheating,” stated Schuelke. “Damage to the tractor-trailer was kept to a minimum and no cattle were injured.”