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Combine fire causes $500k in damages
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MONTICELLO — A combine fire late Saturday on a field south of Monticello caused an estimated $500,000 in damages, according to Monticello Fire Chief Kevin Komprood.

The fire department was called out to a field off Feldt Road just north of Sulzer Road at about 9 p.m. Saturday.

The burning combine, owned by John Anderson of Monticello, was about 200 feet off the road.

“Evidently it started on fire earlier in the day, about 5 p.m., and they thought they had it out but that ended up not being the case,” Komprood said.

No one was hurt in the fire, which Komprood said started in the engine. He estimated damages at $500,000, including a complete loss on the unsalvageable combine and 200 bushels of shelled corn inside the hopper.

It took firefighters about two hours to put out the fire, he said. Four fire trucks were sent out on the call, and the Green County Sheriff’s Office assisted on scene.