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Dick Devine's riding mower was engulfed in flames when firefighters rushed to the scene Wednesday afternoon. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

County commissioner's riding mower bursts into flames; no injuries in mishap

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"I jumped off and got the hell out of the way," Hubbard County commissioner Dick Devine said after his riding mower burst into flames Wednesday.


Devine was able to steer the mower away from his residence to the middle of End of Day Drive off High-way 71 north of Park Rapids. A mini inferno had engulfed the machine by the time firefighters arrived on the scene just after 2:30 p.m. The commission had held its twice-monthly meeting until nearly 1 p.m.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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