‘Commandeering a John Deere’: Brookings firefighters called to railcar fire

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Courtesy Brookings Fire Department

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KELO) — A railcar fire in Brookings ended with a firefighter commandeering an excavator.

The Brookings Fire Department posted pictures of the damage to their Facebook page, saying “how do you overhaul a burning rail car? Why you just commandeer a John Deere.”

An official with the fire department says the railcar was being scrapped for salvage when molten metal caused a fire to start.

No injuries were reported.

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