Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – It may have been a small garage fire in Rochester earlier this week - but it could have been much worse.

The Rochester Fire Dept. has revealed there were containers in the garage that contained hundreds of gallons of E-85 fuel.

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The fire was reported around 12:30 AM Wednesday at 1531 19th Ave SE. The fire was confined to the detached garage and it was later reported the home at the site was unoccupied.

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The Fire Dept. says after the blaze was put out, crews “found (23) 55 gallon plastic containers and (1) 200 gallon plastic container with unknown product in them. It was determined to be E85 fuel ( ethanol/gasoline mix). A total of 1100 gallons was removed from all of the plastic containers.”

The fire was ruled arson and the investigation continues.

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