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Homeless man killed in connection with Sisseton grass fire

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At least one person is dead in connection with a grass fire north of Sisseton on Tuesday.

Sisseton Fire Chief Jeff Pageler told KWAT Radio the fire happened in a wooded area north of Sisseton near the Sisseton Wapheton Housing. Pagler said fire crews responded to the call shortly after 1:00 p.m. and the fire was extinguished shortly after 3:00 p.m. Two acres of woodland were burned.

Pageler told KWAT Radio no other fire departments were called to help, but a local farmer helped in the fire. Pageler said the farmer tilled up the land next to a standing corn field near the fire so the blaze wouldn't spread.

"There was an area of standing corn next to the grass area, and he ran his disc and made a break for it so it wouldn't get into the corn," Pageler told KWAT.

Mike Hill, 55, a homeless man was killed by a tractor while running away from the smoke and flames, KBWS morning radio personality Tommy Tease told KSFY News.

KSFY News has not been able to independently confirm Hill's death with the Sisseton Fire Department or the Roberts County Sheriff. Sheriff Jay Tasa told KSFY Reporter Matt Peterson more information will be released later Wednesday.  

Fire Chief Pageler says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

KSFY News is gathering more details in Sisseton. Stay with KSFY News on air and online for updates.

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