UPDATE: Fire that displaced 11 Stewartville residents accidental
(ABC 6 News) – UPDATE: According to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, the fire that destroyed a mobile home and displaced 11 people and two dogs Feb. 25 was an accident.
The State Fire Marshall’s office attributed the blaze to an exhaust fan failure.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the Woods family, whose home and possessions were a total loss: Fundraiser for Shanna Vandal by Barbara Fischer : Fire takes family home (gofundme.com)
(ABC 6 News) – A Stewartville family is picking up the pieces and trying to find a new place to live after their mobile home burnt down Friday.
Five adults, six kids and two dogs in total were displaced. However, Two adults, and 1 child had been living at the mobile home on a temporary basis.
When crews arrived, they found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. All the adults had been evacuated. One adult on oxygen needed assistance. All 6 of the kids were at school at the time of the fire.
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The cause of the fire is still under investigation. But Shawn Woods says they believe they know what started the flames.
“One of the firefighters did mention something about the bathroom fan, because it’s the most burnt area in the house and the fan was pretty much just hanging there,” Woods explained.
Woods says that he and his family are still waiting for the insurance to find them a more permanent place to stay as they get back on there feet. The Red Cross is currently helping with shelter and necessities.
Despite that trials he and his family is going through, his kids have been a huge help in keeping everyone’s spirits up.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family, visit HERE.