The Free Press, Mankato, MN

January 22, 2014

Newspaper fire damages vehicle

The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — Mankato police officers are investigating an arson that was reported Sunday afternoon.

An officer was sent to the 400 block of North Sixth Street at about 3 p.m. after someone reported finding burnt newspaper that had been stuffed into the filler neck of a vehicle's fuel tank, a report said. The fire caused minor damage by melting plastic around the neck and the gas cap.

Safety mechanisms likely stopped the fire from igniting any fuel or fumes. The incident remains under investigation and there are no suspects.