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Combine sparks field fire
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A North Warren firefighter douses a combine harvester with water after the machine caught fire Friday afternoon in a field off Gath-Lucky Road. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Firefighters from North Warren, Campaign and Centertown responded to a combine harvester and field fire Friday afternoon on 360 Gath-Lucky Road. 

North Warren firefighters first received the call about the 9500 John Deere combine fire around 4:30 p.m. with the blaze spreading to a field of soy beans. The combine is owned by Derwood Stewart.

“By the time I got there, North Warren had it under control,” said Campaign-Rock Island fire chief Jeff Matheney. “They were concentrating on the engine compartment, foaming it, which seals and takes the oxygen out.”

According to Matheney, roughly 4 acres were burned and although damaged, the combine is salvageable.