On November 7, at approximately 5:50 a.m., the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle fire on Co Rd 11, approximately ½ mile west of 280th Street. This location is about 3 miles northeast of Danube, in Crooks Township.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Plymouth Breeze driven by 65-year-old Gregory Penke of rural Danube was travelling west on Co Rd 11 when he noticed smoke coming from his heater vents. The vehicle soon caught fire and became fully engulfed. Penke was able to exit the vehicle prior to the it becoming engulfed in flames and no one was injured in the vehicle fire.
The Renville County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Danube Fire Department.
The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.