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Truck catches fire on Michigan Street

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MPD and MFD arrived on the scene early this evening.

MPD and MFD arrived on the scene early this evening.

Photo by JP McGuire

Photo by JP McGuire

MPD and MFD arrived on the scene early this evening.

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Wauwatosa native Francisco Duarte was headed eastbound on Michigan Street when his car caught fire near 23rd Street.

He drove over a sewer, and the cap came up and was lodged underneath his fuel tank. Duarte realized the car caught fire while he was in it. After pulling over, he ran out to a near by driveway. Duarte was unsure when the incident occurred, but his wife, Dina, received a call from him at 5:46 p.m.

“He called me when I was at work and told me what happened,” she said. “I came over as fast as I could.”

Milwaukee Police Department is unsure of what caused the sewer cap to attach to the bottom of the car. An investigation will open, and Duarte will have to make a claim with the city because it caused damage, Sergeant Allen Perry said.

This story is developing.

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