Sauk Centre Township grass fire likely caused by cigarette butt, authorities say

  • Source: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Published: 04/07/2021 11:12 AM

A Tuesday afternoon grass fire south of Sauk Centre was like caused by a cigarette butt that was thrown from a vehicle, according to authorities. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said it received multiple calls reporting a fire in the west ditch of U.S. Highway 71, just south of the intersection with County Road 29, at about 3:47 p.m. Deputies and Sauk Centre firefighters responded and worked to extinguish the flames. The sheriff's office said about one-quarter of an acre was burned before the fire was put out. An investigation is still ongoing but a cigarette butt is believed to be the cause.


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