Skid loader catches fire

Brookings Fire Department Facebook photos: Above, a Brookings firefighter works at the scene of a fire in the 500 block of 34th Avenue on Saturday afternoon. A skid loader, shown below, was a total loss in the blaze, according to the sheriff’s office.

BROOKINGS – A skid loader was deemed a total loss after a fire Saturday, according to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and occurred in the 500 block of 34th Avenue in Brookings, Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring said.

“It was found that a weed patch was being burned and to prevent the spreading of the fire the skid loader operator was digging a trench around it when the skid loader caught on fire,” Sebring said.

“The New Holland LX565 skid loader was a total loss. The estimated loss (was) $5,000,” Sebring said.

Also responding was the Brookings Fire Department.

The fire is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

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