Combine catches fire in field

Published 1:41 pm Saturday, September 23, 2017

A combine operated by a Blooming Prairie farmer caught fire Thursday, causing an estimated $18,000 to the machine, according to the Mower County Sheriff’s Department.

Douglas Bruggeman, of 30806 530th Ave., was combining soybeans in his field and getting ready to off-load when he noticed smoke coming from under the cab of his 1980 John Deere 7720 combine.

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Bruggeman was able to get out of the machine safely and contacted the fire department, just before 5 p.m.

The Blooming Prairie Fire Department extinguished the blaze, which was confined to the machine.