We’ve Got Your Back: Man’s lawn mower catches fire


ST. MARYS, Kan. (KSNT) — A St. Marys man is back to using a push mower for his 5 acre property after the riding mower he bought caught fire 24 hours after buying it. He asked KSNT News to see if we could help try to find some answers from John Deere. Jason Fabaz used to use a push mower to mow his 5-acre property until he decided to make a change.

“I said this isn’t worth it so this summer, splurged and bought the John Deere but it didn’t last long,” Jason Fabaz said.

It did not last long because his John Deere lawn mower caught on fire right here while he was mowing his lawn. The riding lawn mower fire turned a normal day mowing the lawn into almost a nightmare.

“Oh it was pretty scary. But luckily I wasn’t in flames so then I was trying to put the fire out,” Fabaz, a former John Deere owner said.

Fabaz told KSNT News he noticed he did not have enough water to fight the lawn mower fire, which led to 9-1-1 being called.

“I yelled to my wife to call the fire department,” Fabaz said. “They got here about ten minutes later and the John Deere was totally engulfed in flames.”

Fabaz owned the lawn mower for less than 24 hours. He was shocked the fire happened especially with such a new lawn mower.

“It was pretty surprising because it was in perfect shape and was cutting the grass perfectly,” Fabaz said.

Now, Fabaz is without the $1599 riding lawn mower. He also has to mow his yard which is 5 acres by push mower again.

“I’d rather be swimming with my kids, but its keeping me fit I guess,” Fabaz told KSNT when asked about using the push mower again.

“I’m not mad at John Deere or anything but I think it was their fault,” Fabaz said.

He told KSNT News he just hopes there are resolutions from John Deere for the lawn mower fire.

“I was hoping that John Deere would just honor the warranty,” Fabaz said.

In response to KSNT News doing a story on the John Deere riding tractor which caught on fire, the issued a statement saying, “We have contacted the customer to understand the circumstances surrounding this incident. This review does take some time so immediate resolution is not always possible.”

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