MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The two male firefighters from Minnesota who battled a truck fire in evening gowns are telling their side of the story.

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The fire happened last weekend during a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pope County.

Ben Terhaar and Ted Aubart were dressed up to promote a beauty pageant they hold ever year as a fundraiser. Terhaar was wearing a green dress, and Aubart was dressed in red.

Both are members of the Sedan Volunteer Fire Department in Pope County.

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They were on their float when a pickup truck caught on fire. They both leaped into action, even though Aubart had to fight falling straps on his gown.

“I remember looking over to my right and seeing people with cellphones up to their face. And i thought, ‘Oh my gosh,'” said Terhaar.

Their chief said he’s not surprised by their efforts and aplomb.

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“These guys would stand out there in underwear and wouldn’t care,” said the chief. “They’re that way.”