Chevy engulfed in flames during attempt to haul ice house off lake

It happened in Stearns County.
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Truck fire

Here's yet another reminder of the many mishaps that can happen to Minnesota anglers during ice-fishing season.

In Stearns County this past Wednesday, authorities received "several phone calls about a fish house and truck on fire" on Pearl Lake, which is south of Rockville in Maine Prairie Township.

According to a news release from the sheriff, when deputies arrived, they found a "2003 white Chevy Silverado fully engulfed" in flames about 200 yards from shore.

The owner of the truck and fish house, a 60-year-old man from Kimball, informed the deputies that he was "trying to work the fish house loose as it was stuck in the ice" and noticed a "small fire under the engine compartment."

He attempted to put it out by throwing snow on it, but ended up going to his residence on the lake to retrieve a fire extinguisher; when he returned, the truck was aflame. 

The Kimball Fire Department ultimately put the fire out, the news release says. Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident.

There's no word yet on what may have started the truck fire. 

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