Plow truck catches fire in Maple Lake

The Maple Lake Fire Department responded to the City Maintenance Building at 441 Oak Ave. S. a little after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, where a city snowplow had caught fire. According to MLFD Chief Steve Peterson, city maintenance staff had been working on the plow’s engine inside the building when the fire started in the engine compartment. City employees tried to knock it down with fire extinguishers, when that didn’t put it out they used a pay loader to pull the truck out of the shed, saving the building, Peterson said. MLFD arrived within minutes of the call and put the flames out in less than a half hour. One city employee was checked out by Maple Lake Ambulance personel for smoke inhalation, but was not transported. (Photos by Nick Pawlenty)

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