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Crossed power lines prompt emergency response at Ortons gas station in Audubon

Emergency crews responded to Ortons gas station in Audubon Thursday morning for a report of smoke. (Paula Quam / Tribune)

It was a quick response in Audubon Thursday morning as smoke started filling Ortons gas station in Audubon, which was evacuated around 8:15 a.m.  However, the incident turned out to be a lot of smoke and no fire as firefighters from Audubon and Detroit Lakes found the problem — powerlines going into the building had somehow crossed and were heating up. The Becker County Sheriff’s Office also responded, but although the area had remained taped off for caution, most emergency personnel had cleared the scenes by 8:40 a.m.  

Paula Quam

Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Perham, both in Minnesota.

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