MADISON, Minnesota — A massive fire at a John Deere dealership in Madison, Minnesota is under control as of Wednesday morning and residents are back in their homes after nearly two dozen agencies and departments battled the blaze for hours overnight.
Fire crews responded to the dealership just before 7:15 p.m. Tuesday after reports of smoke at the Midwest Machinery John Deere dealer. According to a joint press release from responding agencies, a local gas line was also ruptured, fueling the flames. Authorities say residents more than 10 miles north of the fire could smell the smoke.
Emergency crews evacuated 15 nearby homes and two apartment complexes for several hours while fire crews worked to contain the blaze. A citywide water restriction was also requested to help save the city storage supply. The restriction is still active as of 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Nearby residents have been allowed back into their homes and officials say no injuries were reported, although smoke and fumes from the fire may continue to be a problem for those sensitive to air quality issues.
The primary offices and shop building at the dealership have been deemed a total loss. Authorities say they're still investigating the cause of the fire.
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