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Fire contained at Parkers Prairie business

The Parkers Prairie Fire Department, with mutual aid from the Miltona Fire Department, were called to a fire at Hart Travel in Parkers Prairie shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)

Thanks to an observant firefighter, a fire at Hart Travel bus company in Parkers Prairie was quickly contained.

The firefighter was working on a vehicle nearby and saw smoke billowing from the roof of the large metal building nearby. Within minutes, the Parkers Prairie Fire Department was on scene, according to Georgia Hart, who owns the bus company with her husband, Ernie, and son, Ricky.

Shortly after the fire department was called out, which was about 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, the Miltona Fire Department was called in to help.

Georgia Hart said she was grateful for a family member who quickly moved three buses, two motorcycles and a four-wheeler out of the building before they could be damaged.

The bus company owns a total of eight buses, but only three were parked in the building, which sits at the intersection of North Otter Avenue (State Highway 29) and West State Street, across the street from the municipal liquor store.

Georgia Hart said she spoke to an Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputy who thought it was more than likely an electrical fire and was caused by wiring in the ceiling.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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