Truck battery charger blamed for fire at Mason City business

MASON CITY — A truck engine fire is being blamed for the fire at a business on Mason City’s north side early Tuesday morning.

The Mason City Fire Department says they were called shortly after 3:45 Tuesday morning to a structure fire at Young Construction at 1539 North Federal. On arrival, smoke could be seen outside the building.

The engine compartment of a truck in the storage area of the building had started on fire, with a battery charger being used to charge the truck’s battery catching fire. The truck was a complete loss with minimal damage to the building’s structure, though the building did sustain smoke and water damage.

Firefighters were on scene for about three hours battling sub-zero temperatures.