Markesan Man Burned After Tractor Catches Fire

(Markesan) A Markesan man was burned when the tractor he was on caught fire Tuesday afternoon. Fond du Lac County authorities responded to N4141 County Highway E shortly before 5pm.

The person reporting the incident said they had seen Merle Strehlow on fire, rolling on the gravel and trying to put the flames out. Strehlow, who is in his 70’s, said he was trying to shut the tractor off when it backfired causing a fire.

He suffered burns to the chest, arms, hair, and head. Strehlow was taken to ThedaCare Medical Center in Berlin for treatment.