Minnesota News

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fountain home severely damaged by fire

Several fire departments respond to a house fire in Fountain Wednesday afternoon, severely damaging the home. The fire broke out shortly before 2 o'clock at 340 Highway 52. According to the State Fire Marshall, five people live in the home. The Fillmore county Sheriff's office says one adult and two children were there at the time. They all got out safely. The Fire Marshall believes the fire started from a space heater that was upstairs.
KXLT-TV Fox 47 Rochester

St. Paul: Former Student Suspected Of Arson At St. Catherine University

Officials at St. Catherine University say a former student is suspected of setting several small fires Wednesday morning on the St. Paul school’s campus. The university says eight fires were reported, and all were small and quickly contained. No one was injured by the flames, and officials say the suspect was spotted by surveillance cameras, arrested and removed from campus in the afternoon. According to jail records, St. Paul police arrested a 19-year-old Tnuza Hassan on suspicion of arson. St. Kate’s officials say the suspect was a former student, who was last enrolled in the fall. The extent of the damage is still being determined.

Detroit Lakes: Wall fire closes down Long Bridge Bar for the day

A small fire broke out in a wall at Long Bridge Bar today just before 2 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, but the damage, which was contained to the single wall, was enough to close down the restaurant for the day. Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Scott Flynn says construction work was the cause of the flames. The building has been undergoing some improvements lately but was still open to the public. A manager at the business says they will reopen tomorrow at 11 a.m. after they have been able to clean the debris from the fire and extinguishers used to put out the flames.
Detroit Lakes Tribune

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grand Lake Township home total loss after fire

A Grand Lake Township home is a total loss after a fire razed the structure Tuesday afternoon. The call came in at about 3 p.m. when a neighboring resident noticed flames as he was driving by, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The home, located at 5555 Bergstrom Junction Road, north of Twig, was engulfed in flames when deputies arrived. According to a news release, no one was home at the time of the fire except two dogs, which were not located and are believed to have perished in the fire. The neighboring resident who called 911 attempted to break a window because he could hear a dog barking from inside, but had to back away due to the extreme heat from the fire, the news release said.
Duluth News Tribune

Passerby runs into burning Minneapolis home, saves dog

A Good Samaritan who happened to be at the right place at the right time helped save a dog from a burning home in Minneapolis Tuesday. Authorities responded to the fire at the home on the 3600 block of Fremont Avenue North shortly after 10 a.m. and arrived to find flames on both the first and second floors. But before they arrived, Kevin Lerma, who lives a few blocks away, had been driving by and saw the smoke coming from the home. He said no one else was stopping, so he pulled over. "I said, 'That's not regular smoke, that's not heat smoke,'" he said. "I'm like, nah this is not right."

Fire destroys Nisswa beauty shop

The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating a fire that destroyed a building housing a beauty shop early Tuesday morning in Nisswa. The Nisswa Fire Department was called at 4:11 a.m. to a building on fire on the former Boberg Lumber property, just north of Wendy's in Nisswa off of Highway 371. Nisswa Fire Chief Shawn Bailey said firefighters were on a call regarding a gas smell in Merrifield when the structure fire was paged out. Firefighters went straight to Boberg Lumber, which was engulfed in flames and smoke when they arrived. Firefighters from Pequot Lakes and Mission fire departments assisted in extinguishing the fire, but despite their efforts, the wood building was destroyed. The estimated damages is $60,000.
Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Multiple fire departments respond to house fire near Conger

An investigation is underway after a house fire in Freeborn County. Deputies were dispatched to a home at 20643 715th Avenue after smoke was seen coming from an area of a house around 9 p.m. Tuesday. No one was in the home when they arrived. The Freeborn County Sheriff's office says small flames were seen through an upstairs window. Conger Fire responded and called Albert Lea, Alden and Clarks Grove fire departments for mutual aid. Fire damaged the upper level of the home. Smoke and water damage were reported throughout. The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.
KTTC-TV Rochester

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