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WOONSOCKET -- An area man was injured when his business caught fire Friday evening, authorities said.

Travis Coulthard, assistant chief with the Woonsocket Fire Department, said around 4 p.m. Friday, Steichen Service, on Dumont Avenue in Woonsocket, caught on fire. He and Sanborn County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Coenen said the business' owner, Gary Steichen, was injured and transported by ambulance to Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell. Coulthard was not sure how severe Steichen's injuries were, but said he had burns on his hands.

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Coulthard said the business, an automotive repair shop, is still standing, but sustained extensive damages. A cause is still being investigated, he said.

The firefighter noted he was called to the fire just as he and others returned from another fire -- a grass/tree fire about 2-3 miles north of Forestburg.

"We were actually filling up with fuel when this other one took off," Coulthard said, noting the gas station is just a few buildings away from Steichen Service.

Coulthard said the grass/tree fire started a little before 1:30 p.m., when a controlled burn got out of hand. He said the fire was contained to a small area, but quite a few trees were on fire; some were put out, some had to be cut down.

"It was kind of a mess," he said. "We were out there a while."

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