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Woman burned while trying to put out pit fire in rural Itasca County

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A burning pit fire got out of control Tuesday in rural Itasca County and a woman's effort to put it out caused severe burns to her arms and legs, the Itasca County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

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Police said that a report of a grass and structure fire on a farm in the northeast part of the county on Monson Lake Road was reported at about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday. The fire was started in a pit behind a home and spread to tall grass and several outbuildings, firefighters said.

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