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.

“I don’t know what made me stop,” he said.

He then turned around to the mower engulfed in flames.

A combination of water and flame retardant foam was used to extinguish a burning lawn mower in Iola Monday. Attacking the fire are iola firefighters Corey Isbell, left, and Zach Davis.Photo by Richard Luken

Firefighters were on the scene and minutes, and had to battle the pesky blaze for some time, continuously spraying water on the mower until they were able to add fire retardant liquid to douse the flames completely.

Tatman noted the mower’s fuel tank was full.

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