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Man battles fire with snow blower

DIORITE, MI (NBC) - Most people wouldn't think to use a snow blower to put out a house fire, but that's what a Diorite, MI, man did Monday evening.

When Steve Liubakka first saw flames shooting out of his neighbor's window he tried a fire extinguisher.

"I emptied a 30 pounder on there; I knew it was a bigger fire than the 30 pounder was, but the fire was coming out of the picture window and it was up above the eves," Liubakka said.

That's when he resorted to his snow blower to cool the flames.

"I knew she was very hot when I went up to her with the chemical fire extinguisher, so two things you have to do is get the temperature down and the oxygen out of there," Liubakka said.

Liubakka blew 16 inches of snow into the front window of the house where the fire started.

The owner of the burned home, Joseph Cadeau, doesn't know if they'll be able to save the home, but he's grateful for all Liubakka did to help.

"He's an excellent neighbor, I thank him very much," Liubakka said.

And as for Liubakka, he's just glad he thought of using the snow blower when he did.

"The fire chief told us, 'If it wasn't for the snow blower, you wouldn't have a house,'" Liubakka said. "The snow blower isn't a $550,000 fire truck, but it did the job."

No one was injured in the fire.

The Ishpeming Township Fire Department will investigate the cause of the fire and the damages this week.

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