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Tow truck driver moves burning dumpster away from store. (MN)


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Watch: Tow truck driver moves burning dumpster away from store in St. Paul’s Highland Park


St. Paul police are crediting a tow truck driver with using his vehicle to move a dumpster that had been set ablaze away from a business — which kept the fire from spreading to the building.


Dean Mathisen, who works for PLC Towing, dialed 911 to report the fire in Highland Park at about 1:55 a.m. Tuesday. He said he saw “flames shoot out the top of the dumpster” behind MSP Tobacco and Vapor in Sibley Plaza on West Seventh Street.


Mathisen said he saw a man take off running and tried to keep an eye on where he was going, but he lost him.


“With that I said, ‘I can’t follow him anymore, but I’m going at least try and make sure the business is safe,'” Mathisen recounted later Tuesday.


Mathisen, 35, said he used the truck’s wheel lift to pick up the dumpster, move it away from the building and put it in the center of the parking lot.


His tow truck is equipped with a dash camera and he posted video to TikTok that showed him moving the dumpster.


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