Mower operator escapes injury in fire

A burning lawn mower took a while to extinguish because of the mower's full fuel tanks. Iola firefighters used a combination of water and flame retardant foam to douse the blaze. The operator was unhurt.

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September 14, 2021 - 10:57 AM

Iola firefighters Corey Isbell, left, and Zach Davis deal with a flare-up as they attack a fire that engulfed a lawn mower in Iola Monday. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Don Tatman escaped injury Monday morning when the riding mower he was piloting caught fire.

Tatman had been mowing a lot near the intersection of State and Benton streets when he stopped to retrieve a piece of cardboard lying in his path.

Tatman said he was tempted to not stop, and simply ride over the piece of cardboard.

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