Fire Destroys $500,000 of Logging Equipment

St. Louis County is investigating a possible arson at a logging operation just north of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County is investigating a possible arson at a logging operation just north of Duluth. The fire destroyed $500,000 worth of equipment and is considered a total loss.

The destroyed piece of equipment, the Caterpillar 521B Feller Buncher is a type of harvester used in logging. It is a motorized vehicle with an attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before feeling it.

The owner told us off camera that this equipment was last used on Thursday, and when he saw it Friday morning, it was still in good condition. It was early today when nearby hunters caught sight of the flames and called county authorities who believe the fire to be possible arson, something they need the public’s help to investigate further.

“A county our geographic size we just cannot have staff everywhere all the time so we are really hoping that a sportsman or somebody that was in the area, or a resident in that area saw something that was out of place, caught their attention”, said Sgt. Brandon Silgjord of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.

The equipment was owned and operated by Doug Hustad Logging, out of the Gilbert, Minnesota area.

This is an open and ongoing investigation and anyone with information is urged to call the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 218-336-4350.

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