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Wednesday , 20 January 2021
Fire crews were on scene at this home on the north side of Hwy 29, minutes west of St. Paul.

St. Paul Fire on scene west of town

Emergency crews were on scene at a home just west of St. Paul this morning. Thick black smoke could be seen from town at around 8:40 a.m.

Traffic on Highway 29 did not appear to be impacted.

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

According to St. Paul Fire Chief Trevor Kotowich, the fire was an engine fire in a water truck owned by the homeowner.

“Nothing suspicious about it, just your standard vehicle fire really,” said Kotowich.

He said the fire was discovered quickly and it was a short response by St. Paul fire.

“We were able to contain the fire to the engine compartment and the cab, but the vehicle is a write off. The water tank is still salvageable, there was no damage to it,” said Kotowich.

He said the water truck wasn’t on the highway when the engine fire started, it was located in the yard.

About Meredith Kerr

Meredith Kerr moved to St. Paul for a career in journalism and morning radio in 2014 expecting to stay for six months to a year. Since then, she has put down roots in the form of a husband, a mortgage, two babies, and a poorly behaved dog. She continues to work as a reporter until such time as she finishes her book and becomes fabulously wealthy from the royalties. Meredith also serves as a member at large on the St. Paul Library Board and volunteers as a Beaver leader for the 1st St. Paul Scout Group.