Backfiring mower triggers grass fire

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — An attempt to start an old lawn mower triggered a fire Tuesday afternoon that sent the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department to a location west of the Bretzville Junction.

Firefighters were called at 2:32 p.m. to 75 E. State Road 64 when resident Dan Cagle attempted to start an old lawn mower, according Fire Chief Scott Uebelhor.

The mower backfired, which ignited the mower and grass around it. Uebelhor said the fire spread to another mower and to a camper that was used for storage.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze but were called back to the scene at 3:38 p.m. for a rekindle involving a small fire inside a wall of the camper, Uebelhor said.

Firefighters removed some exterior siding from the camper to extinguish the rekindle.

Total damage to the mowers and the camper was estimated at $2,500.

Three trucks and 23 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes for the initial call.

Two trucks and 18 firefighters were out 50 minutes on the rekindle.

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