Firefighters In SW Minnesota Battle Fire, Cold Weather Conditions

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Firefighters in Marshall, Minnesota, spent much of the day battling a large fire at Southwest Tour and Travel.

Fire officials say workers were backing buses out of the garage trying to save them when they arrived on the scene around 7 a.m.  It wasn’t enough to save all the vehicles, and some were destroyed.  

Marshall fire chief Quentin Brunsvold says shifting winds forced his crews to move equipment to keep out of the smoke and then there was the temperature.

“There was some icy conditions. I did contact the superintendent for the street department.  He did come through a couple of times with the sanding truck, just to help us out. We did have some guys that were falling. Obviously, water and less than 32 degrees doesn’t mix very well,” Brunsvold said.

One firefighter did go to the emergency room to be checked out, but is expected to be ok. 

All of the workers made it out of the building unharmed. 

Every fire department in Lyon County was called in the help with the fire and mop up.

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