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Spilled fuel ignites hangar fire at Fleming Field airport in South St. Paul

  • Article by: Paul Walsh
  • Star Tribune
  • May 20, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Spilled fuel ignited a fire in a single-aircraft hangar in the southeast metro Monday morning, damaging the structure and the plane, the facility’s manager said.

The fire occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. at Fleming Field in South St. Paul, which serves general aviation pilots. There is no indication that anyone was hurt, said airport manager Glenn Burke.

The flames were quickly brought under control, and fire personnel were tending to hot spots, Burke said.

Burke said the fire began when a plane owner was working on his aircraft, and some fuel spilled and caught fire.

The owner “is very lucky” he escaped unscathed, Burke added.

The hangar is one of 10 in a row of single-aircraft structures. Hangars on either side of the one that burned and their contents were modestly damaged, fire officials said.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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