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Fire Destroys Home in Blooming Prairie

Created: 02/03/2014 5:37 PM KAALtv.com
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- One family in our area is reeling after fire destroyed their home.

It happened Monday morning northwest of Blooming Prairie.

"When it's this cold it's always a challenge to figure fire, do anything outside," said the Blooming Prairie Fire Department’s Ryan Heimerman.

The call came in at 7:45 Monday morning.

"We arrived on scene, the house was fully engulfed," First Assistant Chief Ryan Heimerman told us. “All the occupants were out of the house already, so there was nobody inside. I think there may have been a dog inside who perished, according to one of the officers on scene who was here before us."

On the way to the scene, Blooming Prairie fire fighters contacted the Ellendale department for help with manpower and water.

"It's always a challenge when you're in a rural setting because you have to travel quite a distance to get water, but today it went pretty well as far as that goes," Ryan Heimerman told us.

At the time of the fire, the temperature was about 5 below zero. The wind chill was minus 15.

"Guys are pretty good about when they need  a break, they stop in and get warmed up a little bit as long as they keep moving quite honestly they stay pretty warm," said BPFD First Assistant Chief Ryan Heimerman.

And the fire-fighters from Ellendale provided enough additional manpower to rotate crews in and out.

"They sent about 6 or 7 guys, we had 15 or 16 guys from our department, so that's a good turnout for a day fire," Ryan Heimerman explained.

Crews shut off the line from an LP tank to the house, and got some help from the wind, which blew flames and heat away from the tank.

No one was hurt in the fire and, at this point, the cause hasn't been determined.

"No idea yet. The Fire Marshall will be on the scene to investigate as soon as they get here they'll investigate further," the Blooming Prairie Fire Department’s Ryan Heimerman told ABC6.