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Car catches fire outside La Crescent Kwik Trip, driver wanted in Twin Cities



A car fire was extinguished late Wednesday afternoon outside a Kwik Trip on the north side of La Crescent, near the community events center, and the driver who survived the fire is facing unrelated criminal charges.

Driver Kelly Brocker reportedly got out safely before flames spread into her car, which was in the gas station parking lot. 

Mechanical issues may have caused the fire. 

La Crescent police chief Doug Stavenau says a routine background check showed that the 37-year-old Brocker is wanted in Hennepin County on fraud charges, and a search turned up drug paraphernalia. 

Brocker was briefly booked in the Houston County jail.    

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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