A semi truck carrying multiple cars has caught on fire on 249 near Joplin.

The call came in shortly before 8 pm to the blaze in the southbound lanes of 249 near the I-44 interchange.

Multiple fire departments responded to the blame and was declared under control around 20 minutes later.

Traffic was backed up on 249 for several miles.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Photo courtesy: Eric Carl