OLMSTED COUNTY, Minn. - The response to a fire Wednesday in Stewartville could have been hampered after a civilian drove over a supply line instead of detouring around the incident.
"The person’s choice placed our firefighters at risk as the hose leaked from the damage of being driven over for the remainder of the incident (it could have catastrophically failed). When you see firefighters working and our fire hoses are on the ground or across streets, please understand that our fire hoses are our life lines," the Stewartville Fire Department said.
The fire happened at Southern Hills Trailer Park in Stewartville when a fire call was received just after 11 a.m.
The structure was fully engulfed when fire crews arrived. One person inside was able to escape without injury.
Neighbors were evacuated due to the fire potentially spreading due to strong winds.