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No one hurt in Alpena Township fire

News Photo by Julie Riddle Alpena Township firefighters battle a blaze near U.S.-23 north of Alpena this afternoon.
News File Photo Alpena Township firefighters battle a blaze near U.S.-23 north of Alpena earlier this month.

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — No one was hurt as Alpena Township firefighters battled smoke and 100 gallons of fuel at the scene of an excavator fire near U.S.-23 north of Alpena early this afternoon.

Excavator owner Pete Hunter said he was preparing to dig a hole in the wooded area when the machine erupted into flames. Firefighters were there within minutes, he said, but a large diesel fuel tank required caution and the use of a backup water tank to make sure flames didn’t reignite.

A second excavator was used to build a dirt berm around spilled fuel.

“2020, you know,” Hunter said. “It just keeps on giving.”

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