Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- A large piece of equipment went up in flames north of Rochester Monday evening. 

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The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office and Rochester Fire Department responded to what was initially reported as a vehicle fire in the 4800 block of East River Rd. Northeast around 5:40 p.m. Upon arrival first responders reported a John Deere Frontline Loader was on fire. 


Sheriff’s Captain Tim Parkin says the initial investigation indicates an employee of Hathway Tree Service was using the equipment to remove leftover brush from a controlled burn when the equipment caught on fire. The employee immediately got off of the equipment and the fire was put out by Rochester firefighters. 

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No injuries were reported. Parkin said it appeared the powered break system was ignited and that the flames spread throughout the rest of the equipment. 

The cost to replace the loader is estimated at $200,000.

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