Polk County Sheriff's Office: Garage fire damage mitigated following "good samaritan" pulling flaming vehicle from structure

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Gentilly, MN) -- Authorities are crediting a "Good Samaritan" for preventing a rural home from being set on fire in Gentilly.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says they received reports of a garage fire at approximately 2:30 p.m on February 3rd. Following an investigation, authorities say the fire started with a skid-steer parked in a garage attached to a home.

Duane Spear (82), the property owner and present at the time of the fire, says an "unknown good Samaritan" helped him pull the skid-steer out of the garage with their vehicle. Authorities say this act prevented more damage to both the garage and the home. The unknown individual left the scene before authorities got to the scene. 

Officials say the fire was caused by mechanical issues within the skid-steer. Damage estimates are unavailable at this time, but experts say the garage and the skid-steer had moderate damage resulting from the blaze. No injuries were reported.