New Year's Eve fire destroys Houston County home
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 5:31 AM
The Hokah Volunteer Fire Department responded to a home fire in Mound Prairie Township on New Years' Eve.
No one was home when the incident occurred, firefighters reported. The house was located about two miles east of Mound Prairie at 7474 County 21.
"It was a complete loss," Assistant Fire Chief Matt Vetsch told the Herald. "Unfortunately, the fire had quite a head start. The home was kind of back in the valley where nobody could see it.
By the time smoke was spotted and the department arrived, the house was completely engulfed, Vetsch said. "We couldn't send anyone in," he added. No firefighters were hurt. Sadly, however, two dogs lost their lives in the blaze.
The fire was reported at approximately 8:10 p.m. Mutual aid was provided by Houston and La Crescent firefighters.
"It was a log home, so it was difficult to extinguish," Vetsch added. "It took a long time to get it put out.
Firefighters remained on-scene until 3 a.m., and then returned at about 5:30 a.m. to douse several hot spots that winds had re-ignited.
The American Red Cross reported that the family who resided at the address received assistance from volunteers.
"The family of two adults was given emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, shelter and health services," ARC representative Kyle Kriegl stated. "Many farm animals were saved from the fire. A major concern now is that the couple can get back to the farm to feed and water them without having the water frozen."
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's office also reported to the scene. The incident is under investigation.