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You don't often see a vehicle completely engulfed in flames while ON a lake, but that's what happened earlier this week here in Minnesota.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt when this pick-up burst into flames while parked on the ice on Pearl Lake, up in Stearns County just southwest of St. Cloud (about two and a half hours northwest of Rochester) earlier this week.

According to a release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, it all started on Tuesday, February 9th, when Bernard Gregory, who lives in nearby Kimball, Minnesota, was trying to get his ice house free from the ice on beautiful Pearl Lake.

While in the process of doing that, the release says, he noticed a small fire under the hood of his 2003 Chevy Silverado pick-up. I'm no mechanic, mind you, but any time you see fire coming from pretty ANYWHERE on your vehicle, it's not a good thing.

I'm guessing Mr. Gregory would agree. The release goes on to say that he initially tossed some snow on the engine to try to extinguish the fire and then left to get a fire extinguisher. Of course, by the time he got back, the truck was fully engulfed in flames. That's the same time deputies with the Stearns County Sheriff's office arrived, along with firefighters Kimball Fire Department, arrived and were able to put out the now-raging fire.

Luckily, as I said earlier, nobody was hurt when the truck caught fire. But it sure makes for a dramatic picture, doesn't it? Yikes. And, while having your vehicle start on fire is never fun, having it happen during a cold snap when temperatures have been below zero is something you REALLY want to avoid. Of course, that's not the only thing you want to avoid during our cold weather. Keep scrolling to check out 13 other things you should never do when it's below zero in Minnesota!

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13 Things Minnesotans Should NOT Do When It is Below Zero