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Strong winds contribute to several-acre grass fire near New York Mills; authorities are investigating

On Saturday, May 7, a stump-burning fire spread to a nearby abandoned structure as well as several acres of land west of New York Mills.

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NEW YORK MILLS — Authorities are investigating a fire that burned an abandoned home and took out several acres of land just west of New York Mills on Saturday, May 7.

No one was injured in the fire, according to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said the fire broke out at 37901 510th Avenue in New York Mills, at about 3:15 p.m., as Mark Zutter, 40, was burning stumps near the abandoned and torn down home. There were strong winds that day, and the fire spread to the structure. Zutter called in the incident.

By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire had ignited a grassy area, according to the release; the winds caused the fire to spread northwest, burning several acres of land.

Fire departments from New York Mills, Perham, Bluffton, Deer Creek and Ottertail responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.

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The sheriff's office is investigating the incident along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

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