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Woman accidentally sets field, swamp on fire while making maple syrup in Minnesota

Failure never tasted so smoky-sweet.

A Minnesota woman has been blamed for a fire that torched a field and a swamp near the city of Albany, after a mishap involving a firepit and a home recipe for maple syrup.

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Kasy Jensen, 41, was trying to make maple syrup in the firepit outside her home on April 3 when the wind picked up and spread the flames across the area, the Stearn County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The wind and the flames triggered a grassfire that threatened several nearby houses, prompting the owners to call 911.

“The neighbouring field and swamp caught fire and she was unable to extinguish it with a hose that she had nearby,” police said.

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Fire crews from Albany and nearby Avon eventually showed up and extinguished the blaze.

The fire did not cause any injuries or damage to homes.

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Jensen was given a citation for violating a burning ban after the blaze was extinguished.

The fate of the maple syrup was not immediately clear.

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