Photo of a different track hoe that burned in January 2014 as a result of a diesel leak. From the Washington, Va. Fire Department.
Photo of a different track hoe that burned in January 2014 as a result of a diesel leak. From the Washington, Va. Fire Department.

From the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, a cautionary tale via the Associated Press:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed a $1.6 million lawsuit against a Utah home builder accused of sparking a 2012 wildfire that torched more than three square miles in Utah County.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah says the blaze started after Patterson Construction workers added flammable ignition accelerant to a track hoe several times in an effort to get it started.

Federal attorneys say there was no water truck nearby despite the tinder-dry conditions and the blaze spread rapidly out of control and burned for a week, forcing hundreds from their homes.

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