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Old Highway 61 bridge in Hastings catches fire

This was the scene at the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings today (Thursday, July 25). Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson

A portion of the old Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River in Hastings caught fire this morning. The fire was reported at about 10:45 a.m. 

The fire began when a spark from a cutting torch ignited a rubber membrane on the bridge.

Crews working on the bridge were able to get the fire under control, but crews from the Hastings Fire Department were called to help make sure everything was under control.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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